Colomby in 1944 – Manche – Battle of Normandy

Colomby (Manche)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 17, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau américain 79th Infantry Division

Drapeau américain 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi Grenadier-Regiment 1057, 91. Infanterie-Division


The village of Colomby, defended by the routed elements of Grenadier-Regiment 1057 (91. Infantry Division), is reached by the soldiers of the 90th Infantry Division as of June 17, 1944. Colomby is released that same day by the 3rd Battalion of the 358th Infantry Regiment commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Jacob W. Bealke. The Americans dig defensive positions for the night and remain stationed until 18 June before returning to the north.

During the day of June 20, 1944, the village of Colomby was occupied by the staff of the 79th Infantry Division commanded by Major General Ira T. Wyche, who temporarily installed his command post there.

Colomby maps:

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