Exmes in 1944 – Orne – Battle of Normandy

Exmes (Orne)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: August 19, 1944

Deployed units:

Image : drapeau américain Groupement Tactique de Langlade, 2ème division blindée

Image : drapeau américain 5th Armored Division

Image : drapeau américain 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division

Image : drapeau américain 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division

Image : drapeau américain 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi 2. SS Panzer-Division “Das Reich”

Drapeau nazi 116. Panzer-Division


On August 15, 1944, the 90th Infantry Division was ordered to advance eastward in accordance with the XV Corps plan and to identify elements of the 5th Armored Division present in the area. Company C of the 359th Infantry Regiment (Colonel Robert L. Bacon) reached the outskirts of Exmes during the day. But the multiple German counter-attacks on the village of Bourg Saint-Léonard during the following days forced the 90th Infantry Division to reorganize its system: on August 17, the 2nd Battalion of the 358th Infantry Regiment (IR) commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Christian H. Clarke, Jr takes a position in place of Company C of the 359th IR.

On August 19, 1944, the subgroup of Major Massu belonging to the 2nd French Armored Division (commanded by General Leclerc) was ordered to seize Exmes and then to proceed to the departmental road 13, East of Chambois. The commune of Exmes was liberated that same day and Colonel Langlade installed the command post of his battle group (GTL: Groupement Tactique de Langlade).


Exmes maps:

Image : Carte de Exmes dans l'Orne