Normandy: Fighting among the graves at Breville

STA77011 The village of Breville stands on a hill looking towards Ranville, where the 6th Airborne Division had made its HQ in the days after dropping into Normandy on D-Day.

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I took these photographs on June 7 this year. The village remains a place of pilgrimage for many.

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The village was taken during fierce fighting on the night June 12, 1944, and into the early hours of the 13th.

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These memorials stand in the village today near the church yard, which was the scene of ferocious combat.

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Now among the old graves lie some of the 162 British troops who died taking this small village.

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Captain HW Ward, of the 53rd (Worcestershire Yeomanry), Airlanding Light Regiment, Royal Artillery.

STA77020Private CJB Masters, 12th Battalion (Yorkshire), The Parachute Regiment.

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