Cambes-en-Plaine

×HISTORICAL FACTS

Failure at Cambes-en-Plaine
Cambes-en-Plaine, north of Caen, was one of the objectives of 3rd British Infantry Division on 6th June, however, the town was held by units of 21st Panzer. On 8th June, another attack was launched by 9th Brigade (3rd British Division), but, after having occupied the town, they were rapidly repulsed by 25th Regiment of 12th SS Panzer which had recently arrived at the front. Cambes-en-Plaine remained part of no-man’s-land for a month until a devastating bombardment, on 7th June 1944, plastered the front between Lébisey and Saint-Contest and was the prelude to the liberation of part of the city of Caen.

Renewed Assault on Cambes-en-Plaine
Cambes-en-Plaine had one been of the objectives of 3rd British Infantry Division since 6th June. However, previous assaults had been rebuffed by the troops of 21st Panzer and 12th SS Panzer Divisions. A new attempt to seize the village, on 9th June, was given to 2nd Royal Ulster Rifles supported by amour of 1st East Riding Yeomanry. Following a naval bombardment by HMS Danae, the assault was launched and fighting ensued. Casualties were heavy for the British, 250 men of which 45 had been killed. The village remained under German gun fire with the infantry desperately trying to take cover as shells rained down on them. Cambes-en-Plaine was only completely cleared of German resistance, during Operation Charnwood, early in July 1944.