Aunay-sur-Odon, a Village Wiped Off the Map
In avoiding the defenses at Tilly-sur-Seulles and passing via Villers-Bocage to reach Caen, the village of Aunay-sur-Odon was drawn into the battle. This quiet town was, however, on a major road junction in the undulating hedgerow countryside. In order to destroy the road infrastructure, Montgomery ordered the destruction of Aunay-sur-Odon by the Royal Air Force. Aunay was bombed for the first time on 12th June at 0630 hours. The centre of the town was completely destroyed and 100 victims were pulled from the rubble. On the night of 14th-15th June, a second wave completely destroyed what was left of the town, in total 200 civilians died in Aunay-sur-Odon.