ALLIES SMASH BACK MORE CAEN ASSAULTS – EXTEND ARE ABOUT TOWN IN SOUTHWEST – Nazi Report New Landing, Surge Inland by Troops Northwest of Caen

From the July 1, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

British and Canadian forces held their 20-mile arc around Caen and broadened the spearhead at Evrecy, about eight miles southwest of Caen, against increasing German counter attacks yesterday.

Tanks and panzer grenadiers from five German armored divisions were thrown in to halt the drive southwest of Caen, but the piecemeal attacks were beaten back, and the British captured three villages–Granville, Le Valtru and Le Manoir, between ten and 11 miles southwest of the town.

meanwhile, Paris Radio said that Fresh British and Canadian troops landed east of the orne Estuary and captured Cabourg, about 17 miles northeast of Caen, and Berlin Radio predicted that the Allies would launch “a grand assault at any moment” in this area.

Tell of Big Allied Fleet

“A large invasion fleet is standing ready to reinforce the Allied troops now laying down a terrific barrage east of the Orne,” a German correspondent in Normandy reported.

Three successive German counter-attacks in the Colleville area, near Granville, were repelled. British advanced units in the right-hook spearhead between the Odon and the Orne River were at one time cut off from their rear by the German thrust but the salient was consolidated later.

First signs of increasing resistance yesterday came in the morning, when the Germans attacked from the south between Tilly and Haut du Bosq. The attack was dispersed mostly by British and Canadian artillery fire.

Later, German troops infiltrated into British positions on the north bank of the Odon river, but last night were forced to withdraw after heavy fighting.

In the American sector, the four forts guarding the Cherbourg breakwater have surrendered, SHAEF announced. American troops continued mopping up in the Cap de la Hague area. which is believed to be heavily mined along the ridge leading north.

U.S. assault forces, backed by flamethrowers and heavy artillery batteries, stormed several remaining German strongpoints in the Cherbourg peninsula, German News Agency admitted, but denied that Allied landing craft had forced a passage into Cherbourg harbor. German coastal batteries shelled naval units and prevented them from entering the harbor, the agency claimed.

After Marauders went in at 6,000 feet and blasted German diehards on the Isle of Pelee, a coastal defense point, U.S. ground forces reported that a white flag was run up.

North of Caen, where British and Canadian forces captured a cluster of small villages about five miles from the town, the Allied front is now anchored on Colombelles, across the Orne River canal, runs northeast to Escoville, then southeast toward Troarn at a point just north of Touffreville, and then north through Breville to Franceville Plage on the coast.

An American armored division joined the Allied onslaught southwest of Caen, according to Berlin Radio, which added that British infantry was “rolling on in ever-fresh waves.”

American attacks north and west of St. Lo were reported from two German sources. The attacks amounted to “a diversionary operation” to tie down German forces, according to Capt. Ludwig Sertorius, German military commentator. Gen. Bradley’s regrouping after the capture of Cherbourg cannot yet be completed, he declared.

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A British soldier carries a French girl through the rubble of Caen on July 10, 1944

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