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British troops entering Caen, 9 July 1944

Photograph, World War Two, North West Europe (1944-1945), 1944.

Caen was heavily bombed by the Allies during the Normandy break out battles. It was a vital road junction and situated on two canals which greatly aided the German defenders. The Allies aimed to take the city on D-Day (6 June), but it was not fully under Allied control until 20 July 1944 after a series of bitter attritional battles.

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NAM. 1986-11-15-9


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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