Branville in 1944 – Calvados – Battle of Normandy

Branville (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: August 22, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau anglais 12th Battalion Devonshire, 6th Airlanding Brigade, 6th Airborne Division

Drapeau anglais 2nd Battalion Ox & Bucks, 6th Airlanding Brigade, 6th Airborne Division

Drapeau nazi 711. Infanterie-Division


More than two months after D-Day, the British launched Operation Paddle in the direction of the Seine.

On the night of August 21-22, 1944, the British and Belgians of the “Piron Brigade” (attached to the 6th British Airborne Division) jostled a line of defense set up by the 711. Infantry Division, Auberville. The 6th Airlanding Brigade exerts constant pressure on its opponents and continues its progress despite the density of traps set up by the Germans.

In the Branville area, a high point (grade 138) stands out in the region and is part of the objectives of the 6th Airlanding Brigade. The regiments of the 12th Battalion Devonshire and the 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire managed to seize it on August 22 while freeing Branville.

Branville maps:

Image : carte du secteur de Branville - Bataille de Normandie en 1944