Fontaine-Henry (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 6, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau canadien de 1944 The Regina Rifles Regiment, 7th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Drapeau canadien de 1944 10th Armoured Regiment (Fort Garry Horse), 2nd Armored Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi II/Grenadier-Regiment 736, 716. Infanterie-Division


The commune of Fontaine-Henry was occupied in 1944 by soldiers belonging to the second battalion of Grenadier-Regiment 736 (716. Infanterie-Division).

On June 6, 1944, the Fontaine-Henry area was one of the objectives of the Regina Rifles Regiment (7th Infantry Brigade). At 6 pm, Company B was ordered to seize the town with the support of a company of tanks, while Company C was to proceed in the direction of Le Fresne-Camilly. But at 1830 hours, a German 88 mm gun located at the height of fire on the Canadian armored vehicles: six are destroyed. Meanwhile, company B moved into Fontaine-Henry and reported at 7 pm that the locality was under control.

Canadians lose 11 killed soldiers (Andrew, Annis, Dicken, Fesgruk, Kennedy, Lismore, Mac Peters, Momluth, Newton, Pease and Wicgle) for the village’s liberation.

Photo of Fontaine-Henry in 1944:

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July 2, 1944: Canadian soldiers H. H. deVries and Murray. A. Sallows inspected an abandoned 122 mm German howitzer in the Fontaine-Henry area. Photo: Canada Archives.

Fontaine-Henry maps:

Image : Carte de Fontaine-Henry dans le Calvados