First Liberations
On the beach, where the engineers were desperately trying to ease the congestion, the infantry was sustaining heavy losses. After a great deal of effort and following the arrival of the 2nd wave, the front line was forced in. By 0930 hours, Courseulles had been partially liberated but, resistance by 736th Regiment continued. The town was finally liberated in the early afternoon. After having taken the coastal defences, the Regina Rifles Battalion made its way to Reviers and Fontaine-Henry, which were liberated in the afternoon, continuing its route towards Le Fresne-Camilly.
At 1000 hours, Bernières was liberated by the Queens Own Rifles with reinforcements of the Regiment de la Chaudière.
At midday, while the high tide was making movement in the bridgehead particularly difficult, 9th Brigade landed and set out towards Villons-les-Buissons to the north of Caen. Villons, which was liberated in the evening by North Nova Scotia Highlanders, was the limit of 3rd Canadian Division’s advance on 6th June.
In the afternoon, Graye-sur-Mer fell to the Canadians but with heavy losses caused by WN31. Beny-sur-Mer and Basly were also liberated in the afternoon by the Regiment de la Chaudière despite the German troops entrenched in the radar base which had been installed in the village. The North Shore reached Tailleville, where the chateau housed the headquarters of 2nd Battalion of 736th German Infantry Regiment. However, it was only with the support of armour of the Fort Garry Horse that this position was taken towards the end of the day.