Rocheville in 1944 – Manche – Battle of Normandy

Rocheville (Manche)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 19, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau américain 4th Cavalry Squadron

Drapeau américain 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi Grenadier-Regiment 1049, 77. Infanterie-Division


On 19 June 1944, the day after the liberation of Barneville-sur-Mer, which enabled the isolation of nearly 40,000 German soldiers north of Cotentin, the Americans launched a new offensive towards the north. The 4th Cavalry Squadron tanks, posted in the center of the Cotentin, were responsible for illuminating American progress during the morning: the Troop E and the F squadron made a breakthrough of nearly 10 kilometers to Rocheville. As they approached the village, the Americans were attacked by about a section equipped with anti-aircraft guns and captured them by a coordinated maneuver: the Troop E fell in support and opened fire on Rocheville while the landed troops from Troop A and Troop C, accompanied by tanks from the F squadron, mounted an assault on German positions.

In the late afternoon, soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 359th Infantry Regiment (90th Infantry Division) reached Rocheville and then continued north.

Rocheville maps:

Carte de Rocheville (Manche)