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Putôt-en-Bessin Monument (Present Day)

These two towns were part of the objectives of the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade on June 7. Setting out around daylight, the Canadians met only light resistance from the unprepared Germans. At about noon, The Regina Rifle Regiment had advanced to Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse, while The Royal Winnipeg Rifles reached Putôt-en-Bessin.

The following day, the Germans launched bloody counter-attacks and succeeded in driving the Winnipeg regiment outside of Putôt. The brigade countered at 8:30 pm with the 1st Battalion, Canadian Scottish Regiment, a squadron of tanks from the 6th Armoured Regiment (the 1st Hussars), the 12th and 13th Field Regiments of the Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) and part of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG). By 9:30 the objective had again been achieved.

In total, the Winnipegs lost 256 men on June 8, 105 of them killed (some murdered after their capture); while the 1st Battalion, Canadian Scottish Regiment lost 125, 45 of them fatal.

At about the same time the Canadians were countering in Putôt-en-Bessin, the Germans attacked the Regina Rifles at Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse. One tank of the 12th SS Panzer Regiment reached battalion headquarters in Bretteville before being knocked out. Fighting continued throughout the night but the Reginas, with help from the RCA, held their positions. The Germans pulled back the morning of June 9.


Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse (Present Day)

This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) about 14 kilometres south of Caen and just north of the village in Cintheaux. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the cemetery.

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