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La Brèche d’Hermanville, Hermanville-sur-Mer, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

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Location Category ID: 6010
Added to Database: April 2009
Last Edited: 23 May 2009
Address: Avenue Madame Coty, 14880 Hermanville-sur-Mer
Telephone:
Email:
Opening Times: Accessible at any time
Official Website:
Other Links: Normandy44LaMemoire
Tanks in France
Latitude, Longitude: 49.29651096 , -0.30018076
Location Accuracy: 10
Tanks Previously Here: 1: A27L Centaur Tank - Pegasus Bridge, Bénouville, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France (Disembarkation area 6 June 1944 - recovered 1975)


This Centaur is on display at Hermanville-sur-Mer at a road junction. There is an NTL Totem nearby that reads as follows:

HERMANVILLE : THE BRITISH ON SWORD BEACH
Operation Overlord unfolded in the heart of “Sword” as elsewhere. In the course of the night, the coastal defences were bombed by the airforce, and the naval artillery took over at daybreak. Then, under German fire, the landing craft came aground. The special tanks opened the way, followed by assault waves of 3rd Infantry Division under Major-General RENNIE.
The tanks attacked the concrete strongpoints then penetrated inland; the first battalion of the South Lancashires liberated the village of Hermanville at 10 a.m., whilst the Suffolk Regiment was freeing Colleville. The British advance was unable to reach Caen on the 6th as planned. The long ordeal of that city began the same day, at 11.30 a.m..

THE SACRIFICE OF THE BATTLESHIP “COURBET”
The Allies needed calm water to land men and equipment: the “Gooseberries” (codename) were old vessels that had been ballasted to form a breakwater. Among 6 merchant ships and 3 warships sacrificed off Hermanville, the veteran battleship “Courbet” would not enjoy the glory of the “Georges-Leygues” and the “Montcalm”, which fought conspicuously before the Longues battery, but scuttled itself, with its flag flying, on the morning of 7 June, in three fathoms of water about 1 ½ miles offshore.

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August 2007

Overview
1: Overview

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 10
Added: 23 May 2009
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Plaque 1
2: Plaque 1

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 11
Added: 23 May 2009
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Plaque 2
3: Plaque 2

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 12
Added: 23 May 2009
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NTL Totem
4: NTL Totem

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 13
Added: 23 May 2009
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