Hermanville-sur-Mer in 1944 – Calvados – Battle of Normandy

Hermanville-sur-Mer (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 6, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau anglais 1st Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

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


The commune of Hermanville-sur-Mer in the Calvados is occupied in 1944 by the 10th company under the command of the Hauptmann (captain) Heinrich Kuhtz, belonging to the Grenadier-Regiment 736 (716. Infanterie-Division).

On D-Day after the landing on the encamped Queen White area of ​​Sword Beach at the place known as La Breche d’Hermanville, the 1st Battalion South Lancashire Regiment (8th Infantry Brigade) 20 and nicknamed “Cod” by the Allies, then proceeds in the direction of Hermanville-sur-Mer on the only road that allows to escape from the beach to reach the interior of the land.

At nine o’clock, the town of Hermanville-sur-Mer is reached and half an hour later it is secured. Significant traffic problems are subsequently recorded in the area due to the limited number of roads leaving the beach.

Today, 986 British soldiers, 13 Canadians, 3 Australians and 3 French (Raymond Dumenoir, Augustin Hubert and Emile Renault of the 1st Battalion Marines Commando) rest in the Hermanville-sur-Mer military cemetery.


Hermanville-sur-Mer maps:

Image : carte du secteur de Hermanville-sur-Mer - Bataille de Normandie en 1944