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Arromanches harbour footbridge


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    Arromanches harbour footbridge
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Arromanches harbour footbridge
Arromanches harbour footbridge
Destroyed by the Resistance in June 1944, the Bordeaux Bridge was replaced by a pontoon element of the artificial landing ports. It is one of the few remaining examples in Europe. During the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944, the heights of Cahan and the neighboring commune of Berjou were given as objectives to the 214th Brigade of the 43rd Wessex Division. Fighting began on August 15 at 5:30 p.m. on the crossing of the Noireau and in the woods on the slopes. They continued all day on the 16th on the heights, with the support of Sherman tanks from the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry (en) of the 8th British Armored Brigade. Between 1,600 and 2,200 civilians found shelter in the Gouttes tunnel during the fighting and in the days leading up to it. This episode marked the end of the Battle of Normandy for both British units, who took a break in the surrounding hamlets for a few days before heading for the Seine and Belgium. The death toll is estimated at over fifty British in the four battalions involved (1st Worcesters Regiment, 5th Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry, 7th Somerset Light Infantry, Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry), more than double (or even triple, no source available) for the German fighting groups (soldiers belonging to the 276th div. Infantry Div. and the 3rd Parachute Div.) and around thirty civilians, including from the surrounding communes, as a result of strafing and other artillery fire. Several thousand shell impacts of all calibers marked the two communes where the fighting took place; the village of Berjou was heavily destroyed. The battle was commemorated by British veterans at the local war memorial in 1994, 2004 and 2014. A museum is dedicated to them in Berjou.
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Arromanches harbour footbridge
Arromanches harbour footbridge.

Arromanches harbour footbridge

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