Sainte-Marguerite-d’Elle in 1944 – Calvados – Battle of Normandy

Sainte-Marguerite-d’Elle (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 10, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau américain 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division

Drapeau américain 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division

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


After the terrible fighting night from June 9 to 10, 1944, at the Carrefour des Vignes aux Gendres, which caused heavy casualties (especially its commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Warfield), the 2nd battalion of the 115th Infantry Regiment is being reinforced by 110 new recruits and is now commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Sheppe. The unit resumed its advance in the direction of Sainte-Marguerite-d’Elle in preparation for the crossing of the Elle river: the Germans folded along the south shore and did not offer any particular opposition, enabling the 2nd Battalion to seize the commune during the afternoon of 10 June.

On 11 June the 1st and 2nd battalions of the 115th Infantry Regiment were placed in reserve in the village while the 3rd battalion was preparing to cross the Elle river the next day.

Sainte-Marguerite-d’Elle maps:

Image : carte du secteur de Sainte-Marguerite-d'Elle - Bataille de Normandie en 1944


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