Colleville-sur-mer

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The Liberation of Vierville, Colleville and Saint-Laurent
The centre of Vierville was reached at 1100 hours and finally liberated at midday by units of 116th Infantry Regiment. The strong points WN65 and WN64 were also neutralised at midday allowing access to the exit at the Ruquet Valley. Simultaneously, GIs entering to the west of the village of Colleville met heavy resistance from units of 352nd Division which were holding the town centre. The village was only completely liberated the following morning. Reinforcements from 115th Regiment entered Saint-Laurent in the afternoon but the town was not completely cleared of German resistance until the following day.

The Liberation of Colleville and Vierville
The village of Colleville-sur-Mer had been reached the previous day by men of 16th Infantry Regiment. However, due to stiff resistance from 352nd German Division, the GIs were unable to liberate the village. It was only towards 1000 hours that Colleville-sur-Mer finally fell to men of 1st Infantry Division and an armoured force, while the village of Huppain was liberated later in the evening.
Vierville was liberated towards 1100 hours by troops of 116th Infantry Regiment but the Germans counter-attacked on 7th June at 0530 hours. At midday, Vierville, after having changed hands several times, was finally liberated by the American forces.

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