Le Hôme (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: August 18, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau belge  1er groupement indépendant belge “Brigade Piron”, 6th Airborne Division

Drapeau nazi 346. Infanterie-Division

Drapeau nazi 711. Infanterie-Division

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


On June 6, 1944, the town of Le Hôme was occupied by elements of the Grenadier-Regiment 736, (716. Infanterie-Division).

On 17 August 1944, more than two months after D-Day, the British launched Operation Paddle in the direction of the Seine. The Belgian and Luxembourg soldiers of the “Piron Brigade” (1st Belgian independent group attached to the 6th Airborne Division) liberated Merville and then progressed to the outskirts of the Hôme locality despite the large number of obstacles, mines and traps installed by The Germans of the 711. Infantry Division, reinforced in the early days of the Battle of Normandy by the 346. Infantry Division.

The Belgians and Luxemburgers seized the Hôme (today Le Hôme-Varaville) on 18 August 1944. The Piron brigade then advanced towards Cabourg.

Le Hôme maps:

Image : carte du secteur de Le Hôme - Bataille de Normandie en 1944