The Canadians Halted by the SS at Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse
Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse, situated alongside the Paris-Cherbourg railway line, was liberated on 7th June by the Regina Rifles Regiment. After the unsuccessful advance towards Authie, the Canadians were particularly concerned about a possible counter-attack on their left flank. This occurred on the night of 8th-9th June when 20 tanks and infantry of 12th SS, commanded by Kurt Meyer, attacked from Rots to the west. Heavy fighting broke out in the village but, the Canadians resisted forcing Meyer’s SS grenadiers and the amour to withdraw to Rots at dawn, abandoning a dozen tanks. By the morning of 9th June, the Canadian battalion had lost 170 men killed but, for the first time in Normandy, Meyer’s forces had to withdraw.