Caen Defences

Caen Defences


140lb textured acid-free paper. 
Ready for immediate framing. 
Frame not included. 
Perfect for the avid historian or researcher. 
Size: 18″ H x 24″ W. 


The Caen Defences map shows known defensive positions and ground conditions around the city of Caen in Normandy. In detail, gun positions, slit trenches, wire obstacles are clearly marked on the map. Areas of soft ground that would have slowed down or stopped armoured vehicles are shown in red. 

On the morning of the 6th of June 1944, the 7th and 8th Canadian Infantry Brigades of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, supported by the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade landed at Juno Beach. After relieving the French towns of Bernieres and Courseulles from German occupation, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division pushed South towards the City of Caen. Caen had been assigned as the Canadian Divisions furthest objective on DDay, with elements of the 1st Hussars and The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada reaching the outskirts of the City by the end of the day. But Caen would not fall so easily. Counter-attacks by two Panzer Divisions would provide stubborn resistance to the Canadians and British who would wrestle for control of the city weeks after it was supposed to be secured.

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