Trouville-sur-Mer in 1944 – Calvados – Battle of Normandy

Trouville-sur-Mer (Calvados)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: August 24, 1944

Deployed units :

Drapeau anglais  1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, 6th Airlanding Brigade, 6th Airborne Division

Drapeau belge  1er groupement indépendant belge “Brigade Piron”, 6th Airborne Division

Drapeau nazi 170. Infanterie-Division

Drapeau nazi 225. Infanterie-Division

Drapeau nazi 332. Infanterie-Division

Drapeau nazi Grenadier-Regiment 731, 711. Infanterie-Division

Drapeau nazi I/Artillerie-Regiment 1711, 711. Infanterie-Division


The commune of Trouville-sur-Mer is successively occupied by the Infanterie-Division from 1940 to January 1941, the 225. Infanterie-Division until June 1941, the 332. Infanterie-Division until January 1942 and finally the 711. Infantry Division.

On 17 August 1944, more than two months after D-Day, the British launched Operation Paddle in the direction of the Seine. The Belgian and Luxembourg soldiers of the “Brigade Piron” (1st Belgian independent group attached to the 6th Airborne Division) are in the front line in the race towards the Seine.

On August 24, two days after the capture of Deauville under the fire of the Germans of the 711. Infantry-Division, the Piron brigade must cross the Touques River but its adversary destroyed the bridges spanning it. Some soldiers swim, others employ makeshift means designed by the sappers. Meanwhile, the German artillery is carrying out several barrage shots in the area. Resistance fighters, already engaged in Deauville to help the Allied soldiers, once again guide the Belgian and Luxembourg soldiers who seize the entire city.

Photo of Trouville-sur-Mer in 1944:

Image : Toutes les photos de la bataille de Normandie classées en fonction de leur localisation

On the beach of Trouville-sur-Mer, in front of the Casino, soldiers share treats with a young child very intimidated. Photo: US National Archives.


Trouville-sur-Mer maps:

Image : carte du secteur de Trouville-sur-Mer - Bataille de Normandie en 1944