Tuesday, August 22, 1944
The days that marked the Battle of Normandy
As Paris uprising by the inhabitants continues and intensifies, French general Leclerc, commander of the 2nd Armored Division, is ordered to make his way to the French capital, while the Americans of the 79th Infantry division established a bridgehead beyond the Seine river in the Mantes area, despite the attacks of the German 49th Infantry Division.
The Germans, who are still trying to retreat behind the Seine, are now attacked by hundreds of American tanks between Vernon (captured by the 79th Infantry) and Le Neubourg. Their flight, however, is covered by the era of the troops in disarray, which limits the Allied advance by opposing a fierce resistance despite their disastrous situation.
North-east of Caen, the 1st Belgian Group of Colonel Jean Piron, which is subordinate to the 6th British Airborne Division, reaches Villers-sur-Mer, after having liberated Cabourg the day before, and is also at the gates of Deauville.