Tourville-sur-Odon (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: June 27, 1944

Deployed units:

Drapeau anglais 23rd Hussars, 29th Armoured Brigade, 11th Armored Division

Drapeau anglais 2nd Gordon Highlanders, 227th (Highland) Infantry Brigade, 15th Infantry Division

Drapeau anglais 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 227th (Highland) Infantry Brigade, 15th Infantry Division

Drapeau nazi S.S. Panzer-Grenadierregiment 25, 12. S.S. Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend

Drapeau nazi S.S. Panzer-Grenadierregiment 26, 12. S.S. Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend

Drapeau nazi Schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 101

Drapeau nazi Panzer-Regiment 3, 2. Panzer-Division


On June 26, 1944, the British launched Operation Epsom, which aimed to pierce the front to the southwest of Caen and to seize the bridges over the Odon. After heavy fighting in the area of ​​the commune of Cheux, the 15th Infantry Division progresses from 27 June to Odon and in particular to Tourville-sur-Odon. The infantry of the 2nd Gordon Highlanders, followed by the 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, supported by tanks of the 23rd Hussars (29th Armored Brigade, 1th Armored Division) stormed the village where they were confronted with the German tanks of the 1st Company, Panzer-Regiment 3 of the 2. Panzer-Division and the soldiers of the 15th SS Panzer-Grenadierregiment 25 (SS Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend) which offer a fierce resistance. Despite terrible losses, the British managed to repel their opponents and seize Tourville-sur-Odon.

The 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders advance in the middle of the afternoon towards the south to take the precious bridge of Tourmauville on the Odon which is reached around 17 hours.


Tourville-sur-Odon maps:

Image : Carte de Tourville-sur-Odon dans le Calvados