The Liberation of Tour-en-Bessin and Formigny
In order to widen the fragile bridgehead (3kms in depth), the Americans focused their efforts on Formigny, at the crossroads of the RN13 Highway and the road leading to Saint-Laurent and Vierville-sur-Mer, which controlled the exit from Omaha to Trévières. The advance on 7th June, was halted 800 metres short of the crossroads by stiff German resistance. The 3rd Battalion of 26th Infantry Regiment was relieved by 18th Infantry Regiment which had already succeeded in crossing the highway. Attacking from the south east, 18th Infantry Regiment finally liberated Formigny early on 8th June. Tour-en-Bessin, situated to the west of Bayeux, was still in German hands two days after D-Day. The 1st Division’s 26th Infantry Regiment was to assault after having crossed the River Aure and a patrol from 2nd Battalion entered the town shortly before midday following a heavy Allied bombardment at 0900 hours. After the liberation of Tour-en-Bessin and a subsequent Allied advance, the junction was completed between the British forces which had landed on Gold and the American forces on Omaha.