The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles
Liberation: June 19, 1944
39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
746th Tank Battalion
Grenadier-Regiment 1049, 77. Infanterie-Division
Artillerieregiment z.b.V. 621, 91. Infanterie-Division
In spring 1944, the municipality of Bricquebec houses the command post of the Artillerieregiment z.b.V. 621 (91. Infantry Division) led by the Oberstleutnant Hermann Seidel.
On 19 June 1944, after the liberation of Barneville-sur-Mer, which enabled the isolation of nearly 40,000 German soldiers north of Cotentin, the Americans launched a new offensive towards the north and the 39th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division) commanded by Colonel Harry A. Flint who was in charge of seizing Bricquebec. At 5.50 am, the 2nd battalion of the 39th Infantry Regiment under the orders of Major Franck L. Gunn began the progression without any problems. The commune was attacked at seven o’clock and the Americans seized it quickly: the Germans fled further north, abandoning Bricquebec without resistance to their adversary.