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

Luc-sur-Mer (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 6-7, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau anglais Royal Marine Commando, 3rd Infantry Division

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

Drapeau anglais 22nd Dragoon, 10th Armoured Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi 21. Panzer-Division

Drapeau nazi 716. Infanterie-Division


The first landing during the Second World War in Luc-sur-Mer took place on the night of 28 September 1941: the raid, led by Lieutenant Tom Gordon-Hemming, took place in preparation for the landing in order to obtain information on the Norman beaches. Two British soldiers were killed, Elwyn Edwards and Cyril Denman Evans. They are buried in the cemetery of the commune.

The municipality of Luc-sur-Mer is, on June 6, 1944 in the morning, under the control of the 46th Royal Marine Commando attached to the 3rd Infantry Division, as well as the 1st South Lancashire Regiment belonging to the 8th Infantry Brigade, supported by tanks of 22nd Dragoon.

On D-Day at 8 pm, a bold armored reconnaissance led by elements of the 21. Panzer-Division manages to infiltrate until Luc-sur-Mer before retreating in the area of ​​Caen.

However, this place was only liberated on the following day, June 7, with the English commandos taking over the last German cemetery situated at the height of Le Petit-Enfer.


Luc-sur-Mer maps:

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


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