Calvados - 10 km south-west of Caen Panzer
blocked the crossing over the river Odon
The VIIIth Corps objective under General O’ Connor was to seize
intact the bridges over the river Odon in the first step of the OperationEpsom. On 26 June the Allied forces launched the attack in
the rain. The 227th Brigade of the 15th Scottish Infantry Division
and tanks of the 23rd Hussars took Grainville and Colleville pushing
back the German infantry. But the Scots were stopped by counter-attacks
of the 12nd SS-Panzer-Division tanks. German commandment sent panzer
reinforcement to face the VIIIth Corps : Panther of the 2nd Panzer-Division
and Tiger of the SS-Panzer-Abteilung 101. On 27 June the Allied renewed
the attack, the German tanks destroyed many British tanks, but they
were sent on the battlefield just one tank or in small groups against
greater strength. The war of attrition was more and more favorable
to the Allied forces. The 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
assaulted toward Tourville. At the beginning of the afternoon an intact
bridge was captured over the river Odon. The bridgehead was strengthened
with tanks of the 23rd Hussars then with the 159e Brigade at the end
of the day.
Scottish division monument
Monument in memory of the soldiers of the 15th Scottish Infantry
Division who died during the liberation of Europe from 26 June
1944 to 5 May 1945.
: at the edge of the D89 road, between Tourville and Tourmauville
Bridge of Tourville
The bridge of Tourville on the river Odon cost many casualties
to the 15th Scottish Infantry Division.
: on the D89 road, over the river Odon
15th Scottish/43rd Wessex/53rd Welsh
in memory of the soldiers of the 15th Scottish Infantry Division,
43rd Wessex and 53rd Welsh Division killed in the Battle of Odon.
: in the cemetery
Lieutenant General Barberplaque
in memory of Lieutenant General sir Colin Muir Barber commander
of the 15th Scottisn Infantry Division that liberated Tourville
in June 1944.
: in the cemetery, near a pine tree