TILLY-SUR-SEULLES Calvados - 20 km west of Caen
A deluge of fire on Tilly-on-Seulles

General Horrocks commander of the XXXth Corps launched the Operation Perch on 10 June 1944. The assaulted area was strongly defended by the Panzer-Lehr-Division. On 11 June the 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry entered Tilly-sur-Seulles, while tanks of the 22th Brigade were pulled back by the German Panther. The next day the British were pushed out of the town. After this failure General Montgomery attempted an envelopment manoeuvre through Livry toward Villers-Bocage on 13 June. On 15 June in the evening General Bayerlein mustered all tanks available to contain a counter-attack of the 49th and 50th Infantry Divisions. On 16 June the 50th Infantry Division renewed the assault. After several hours of raging battle the 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment of the 56th Infantry Brigade entered in Tilly-sur-Seulles, while the 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and tanks of the 24th Lancers pierced west of the town and formed a hedgehog defence display. The next day the British liberated the ruins of Tilly-sur-Seulles.
 
 
     
 
British War cemetery
This cemetery is situated along the main road, 1 222 combattants are buried there, including 986 British, 2 New Zealanders, 1 Australian, 1 Canadian, and 232 Germans. In season roses florish at foot of steles and colour this place of rest.
Situation : at the edge of the D13 road at the western exit of the town (follow the road-sign)
 
   
  Battle of Tilly Museum - Canadian and British stele
This Museum is located in a chapel, and recalls the fierce fighting around Tilly-sur-Seulles. Many ocuments, photographs, uniforms and objects found on the battle field illustrate the battle.
ROAD MAP
 
INTERESTING WEB SITES

Tilly-sur-Seulles city web site
http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/tillysurseulles
Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site

http://www.cwgc.org
Personal web site about the Normandy battle– articles and photographs
http://www.warchronicle.com/dday/contents.htm

Calvados departmental tourism office web site
http://www.calvados-tourisme.com/

Personal web site about the Canadian Army
http://www.canadiansoldiers.com/

 
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