Sunday, August 27, 1944
The days that marked the Battle of Normandy
On August 27, the Germans continued to cross the Seine river on floating bridges, north and south of Paris. They are followed directly by US and Commonwealth troops, who chase the defeated soldiers so they do not have time to regroup and counterattack. However, the German rear guards prevented the Allies from progressing rapidly and favored the withdrawal of the Wehrmacht and the Panzer armies.
Northeast of Caen, the paratroopers of the 6th Airborne Division, supported by soldiers belonging to Colonel Piron’s Belgian brigade, liberated the last villages still in the hands of the German forces in the Calvados area. On August 27, the village of Berville is liberated. However, the 6th Airborne Division, commanded by the British general Richard Gale, was withdrawn from the front and returned to England for a well deserved rest.