LOUVAGNY Calvados - 10 km south of Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives
The Polish troops routed German infantry

Mid-August 1944, General Montgomery had one and only objective in his head : Falaise. The IInd Canadian Corps launched the attack southward on 14 August. In the west flank the 1st Polish Armoured Division crossed the river Dives in Jort and Vendeuvre on 15 August. They routed German grenadiere of the 85th Infantry Division and Tiger of the SS Panzer-Abteilung 101. General Maczek pushed the 10th PSK in reconnaissance toward Courcy and Louvagny. The Poles hit a unit of the 85th German Infantry Division entrenched in a wood south of Courcy. They built a defence line facing the wood. On 16 August General Maczek stengthened its positions with support of strong artillery. The 10th Brigade organized in two combat units started the attack and the 24th Lanciers captured Louvagny in the middle of the afternoon.
 
     
   
 
 
 

1st Canadian Army stele
This stele was inaugurated in 1948, it is in memory of soldiers of the 1st Canadian Army and Norman people killed during the Falaise pocket battle from 15 to 18 August 1944.
Situation : south of the town, at the foot of the calvary, at the croosroads of D90 and D39 roads

 
   
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INTERESTING WEB SITES
Web page about the Vimoutiers Tiger tank
http://Tiger1.info/vim/vimoutiersfr.html
Calvados departmental tourism office web site
http://www.calvados-tourisme.com/

Association web site about D-day Canadian troops
http://www.waramps.ca/military/wwii/dday.html
 
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