BREVILLE Calvados - 11 km north-west of Caen
The 6th Airborne Division stabilized the front line
On 6 June 1944, the N° 4 Commando landed in Normandy in Ouistreham; the Commandos made junction with the 6th Airborne Division parachutists. The positions were strengthened west of the river Orne the following day. On 7 June, General gale launched several attacks, one southward along the river Orne, another toward Escoville. On 8 June, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion stopped a counter-attack of the 711st German Infantry Division. On 10 June, the Germans pushed from Bréville, a salient in the 6th Airborne Division lines. The reinforcement of three Battalions of the 51st Infantry Division, and the 6th Airlanding Brigade, enabled to stabilize the sector. In the night of 12 June, the 12th battalion Parachute Regiment and the 12th Battalion Devonshire Regiment assaulted Breville. German resistance was furious, and the British suffered heavy losses to drive them back out of the town on 13 June.

   
 
 
Bois des Monts battle stele
Stele commemorating the fighting of the 9th Battalion Parachutist Regiment, the 5th Battalion The Black Watch and the 1st parachute Battalion.
Situation : south of Breville at the edge of the D37 road

 
 
   
  6th Airborne Division stele
Stele in memory of Breville people, of soldiers of the 12th Battalion Parachute Regiment Yorkshire, and the 12th Battalion Devonshire Regiment.
Situation : at the crossroads of the D223 road and the D37 road

 
     
 
  Princess Irène Brigade stele
Stele in memory of Dutch soldiers of The Royal Brigade Princess Irène, who fought near Saint-Côme castle in August 1944.
Situation : south of Breville at the edge of the D37 road, facing Bois des Monts battle stele

 
  51st Highland Infantry Division monument
Monument commemorating the fighting of the 51st Highland Infantry Division in Bréville and Château de Saint-Côme area from 10 to 11 June 1944
Situation : south of Breville at the edge of the D37 road, facing the Bois des Monts battle stele

 
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INTERESTING WEB SITES

Personal web site about the 6th Airborne Division
http://www.ornebridgehead.org/frames.htm
Personal web site about the Glider Pilot Regiment of the 6th Airborne Division
http://www.gliderpilotregiment.org.uk/
Re-enactment association web site about the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
http://1canpara-hq.org/html/history.html

 
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