Orne - 12 km north-east of Argentan The
7th German Army surrendered
On 13 August 1944 the German forces were nearly trapped in the Falaise
pocket. The Canadians moved in the vicinity of Falaise to the north,
while the Americans moved south of Argentan. The 7th German Army was
retreating and shelled night and day by allied artillery and airforce.
On 17 August Falaise was liberated, on 18 August the Canadians entered
Trun, on 19 August the Americans took Chambois seven kilometers away
from Trun. In this narrow corridor the 7th Army was dismantled under
the deluge of the allied artillery. On 20 August the on the "Death
corridor", Tournai-sur-Dives was in the middle of hell crowded
with German wounded soldiers. On 21 August a counter-attack of the
IInd SS Panzer-Korps enabled to evacuate still a few thousands men.
In Tournai-sur-Dives a priest - Father Launay - obtained the surrender
of eight hundred German soldiers. the Falaise pocket is closed. On
22 August the Canadian troops liberted Tournai-sur-Dives and made
a lot of prisoners.
Surrender plaque Plaque
commemorating the surrender of German troops in a farmyard.
On 21 August 1944 between 14.30 pm and 17 pm, more than 2
000 soldiers and officers laid down their weapons in front
of only one Canadian; at 18.30 p. m. the Battle of Normandy
: at the edge of the D717 road, facing the town hall
M3 Armoured car- Surrender plaque This
armoured half-tracked car was the American standard vehicle;
40 000 vehicles were built, it was originally a troops
transport but it knew a lot of versions.
: in the town center, on the main place
- Civilian casualties
Plaque dedicated to the pilot F/O Ron Currie RCRAF (RAF) - squadron
184 shot down on 18 August 1944. A second plaque is in memory of the
: on the wall of the communal cemetery
"Mirror of souls" monument (casualties of the Battle of
Monument in memory
of all the casualties of the Battle of Normandy
: Allied soldiers, "Résistance" forces, civilians...
and German soldiers.
: 500m at the western exit of the town, at the edge of the D717
road toward Villedieu-lès-Bailleul