Liberation of Manvieux in 1944 during the Battle of Normandy

Manvieux (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 7th, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau anglais 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment, 231st Infantry Brigade, 50th Infantry Division

Drapeau anglais 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment, 231st Infantry Brigade, 50th Infantry Division

Drapeau anglais No. 47 Royal Marine Commando, 50th Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi 1/Grenadier-Regiment 916, 352. Infanterie-Division

History:

On the evening of June 6, 1944, British soldiers of the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment (231st Infantry Brigade, 50th Infantry Division), supported by the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment in second level, settled on the heights of the village of Arromanches-les-Bains after hard fighting.

At the dawn of June 7, the British relaunch their action: after liberating Tracy-sur-Mer, they reach Manvieux mid-morning. The German defenders belonging to the Grenadier-Regiment 916 have massively folded in favor of the night and do not oppose resistance. They leave only a few snipers in the area to delay the advance of the Allies as much as possible. Many Germans are prisoners, abandoning Manvieux definitively to the British: the latter account for the capture of the village at 11 o’clock.

The liberators then begins the reconnaissance of the surroundings of Manvieux (in particular the coastal strip of the commune) in search of possible snipers, then resume the progress towards the village of Rubercy which must be reached before dark.

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