Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse

Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse is a small town just 10 km west of Caen. The town was captured by 7th Canadian Brigade on 7th June. German Mark V Panthers and Mark IV tanks of the 12th Panzer Division re-took the town again.

ā€˜Cā€™ squadron of the 6th Canandian Armoured Regiment had lost contact with their infantry on D-Day and advanaced through Bretteville with no opposition. Later they withdrew again from Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse. The town was eventually captures by 7th Canadian Brigade on 7th June. German Mark V Panthers and Mark IV tanks re-took the position again.

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Crossing at Bretteville. Click to enlarge.

These pictures were taken on 30th June. It had been the scene of bitter fighting and many houses were damaged. On the picture British soldiers are inspecting a Panther tank knocked out on the main street just before the church.

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Panther Tank at Bretteville. Click to enlarge.