Thaon (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 7, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau canadien de 1944 Regina Rifles Regiment, 7th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

Drapeau canadien de 1944 10th Armoured Regiment (Fort Garry Horse), 2nd Armored Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

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


On June 7, 1944, Thaon Commune was one of the objectives of the Regina Rifles Regiment (7th Infantry Brigade) commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel F. Matheson. The area of ​​Thaon is then occupied by soldiers belonging to the second battalion of Grenadier-Regiment 736 (716. Infantry-Division).

Indeed, Matheson must reach in the day the national road 13 connecting Caen with Bayeux at the height of Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse. At 0715 hours, the regiment began its advance to the south and it was Company B which captured Thaon without special fighting, supported by the 10th Armored Regiments Fort Garry Horse (2nd Armored Brigade).

The municipality remained under the fire of the German artillery until 19 July 1944, when the municipality of Colombelles fell into the hands of the Allies. German artillery observers were stationed throughout the period in the ruins of the steel mill, which offered a general panorama of the Caen region.


Thaon maps:

Carte de Thaon (Calvados)