Hill 67

Hill 67

On this hill located south of Caen took place fierce combat.
We will briefly talk about the progression onto the other bank of the river Orne, starting on July 19th, after the liberation of the north side of the city of Caen, Operations Goodwood and Atlantic and about the way Canadian troops pushed southward toward the open Plain of Caen.

In order to end this tour well, we will discuss rapidly about Operation Spring that was meant to facilitate Operation Cobra for the Americans in the west by tying down the German armored divisions here. It was launched southward during the night of July 25th under an artificial moonlight, and unfortunately suffered violent German counter-attacks against the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division.

On this higher ground marked on military maps as "Hill 67" is located the Memorial Garden of Cindais, from where one overlooks the whole southern part of Caen. You will appreciate the panoramic view over the villages of St-Martin de Fontenay et May sur Orne, as well as the Verrières Ridge, finally taken on August 9th during Operation Totalize.