MONT PINÇON/LE PLESSIS GRIMOULT
Calvados - 6 km south of Aunay-sur-Odon

The Allied Forces assaulted Le Mont Pinçon
On 3 August 1944 in Normandy Hitler ordered a shortening of the frontline held by the Panzergruppe Eberbach, to prepare the offensive on Mortain. The British of the XXXth Corps entered Aunay-sur-Odon on 5 August and stopped in front of Le Mont Pinçon. It was a 400 meters height peak and a key strong point in the sector, the Germans had fortified the slopes. On 6 August around midday the British troops attacked, but soon the German mortars and the machine-guns stopped dead under a deluge of fire two battalions of the 129th Brigade of the 43rd Wessex Infantry Division. At the end of the afternoon several tanks of the 13/18th Hussars of the 27th Armoured Brigade broke through the German lines and reached the top. But infantry of the Battalion The Wiltshire Regiment was needed to consolidate the positions. The next day the British liberated Le Plessis Grimoult, where they discovered the wreck of a Tiger tank Mark II.

   
 
 
 
The Duke of Cornwall’s stele
Le Plessis Grimoult
Stele commemorating the liberation of Le Plessis Grimoult on 7 August 1944, by the 5th Battalion The Duke of Cornwall's Light infantry, and the 43rd Wessex Infantry Division.
Situation : on the town main place
  13/18th Royal Hussars stele
Le Mont Pinçon
Stele in memory of the soldiers who fought in the 13/18th Royal Hussars.
Situation : coming from Aunay-sur-Odon, at Mont Pinçon top take a lane on the right (facing the broadcasting station) and drive one kilometre.
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INTERESTING WEB SITES

Personal web site about the German infantryman
http://www.deutschesoldaten.com/
Personal web site about British artillery during World War II
http://members.tripod.com/~nigelef/index.htm
Personal web site about the Second World War tanks
http://www.chars-francais.net/de1942a1945.htm

 
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