The Full Day Canadian Tour

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THE FULL DAY CANADIAN TOUR 8.30am – 5.30pm

St Aubain Sur Mer/Tallieville. St Abain is the most easterly landing area for the Canadians on D-Day. This was to be assaulted by the North Shore, New Brunswick Regiment, which was certainly going to receive a heavy baptism of fire. See a battle scared German bunker and hear about the incredible layout of German defences and the incredible assault plan that was meant to overcome them. Then hear about the incredible bravery of men, who fought through fog and chaos of war, broke out into open countryside only to hit the German defences of Tallieville.

Berniers Sur Mer. The Queens own Rifles of Canada landing at Berniers Sur Mer were to achieve fame on D-Day by breaking through the German coastal defences and reaching their D-Day objectives. What was the cost and how did they do it? Hear stories of the individuals that fought and died there. Visit Canada House and the train station that features in many D-Day photos. Visit Major General Kellers D-Day headquarters.

Courselles/Graye Sur Mer. The assault on the town of Courselles was be carried outby the Battalions of the Regina Rifles and The Winnipeg Rifles. Nowhere in the Canadian beach landing frontage were the defences stronger than here and very little went to plan. Listen to the mens stories and understand how they overcame such adversity with hand to hand fighting. Visit German bunkers and an original AVRE (Hobarts Funny Tank).

At a small extra cost visit the highly acclaimed Juno Centre.

Lunch. Lunch is normally stopping for a sandwich or other quick snack (not included in the price of the tour) and the group will relax for about half an hour.

Beny Sur Mer, Canadian Cemetery. A place of beauty and the final resting place of 2043 Canadian servicemen who were killed during the Normandy fighting. As well as hearing about some of the men buried in the cemetery you will be given time on your own to wander through the graves and remember the fallen.

Anisy/Villons Les Buissons/Hells Corner. Passing through where the Queens own Rifles of Canada have dug in after achieving their D-Day objective, are the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, supported by the Sherbrook Fusiliers, attempting to seize the main Canadian D-Day objective of Carpiquet Airport. We will follow their route inland, stopping at various points to look at the monuments and understand the flow of their advance.

Bloody Buron. This small village was the scene of bitter fighting. Visit the monuments, hear about the battle and visit a lone grave to a soldier of the Highland Light Infantry.

Authie. Just another small village but whose name is synonymous with Canadian historians and soldiers alike, to the cruelty of the 12th SS Hitler Jugand Division (Hitler Youth). The scene of desperate fighting on the 7th of June with little compassion. Visit the monument and the village church and see the scars of war on the buildings.

Abbey d’Ardenne. This beautiful Abbey in June 1944 was the Headquarters of the 12th SS Hitler Youth Division. It will always be remembered as the place of execution for young Canadian soldiers who had committed the crime of fighting tenaciously and then surrendering. Visit the Abbey itself and the garden of remembrance. A very moving and sometimes emotional stop.

Rots/Brettville/Norrey. The 12th SS Hitler Youth Division was to attempt several armoured attacks onto strategic towns and villages held by the Regina Rifles on the 8th and 9th of June. The fighting was bitter with few prisoners taken on either side. Hear about the men on both sides of the line and we will start to understand that D-Day was only the start of a long campaign.

Le Mesnil Patry. On the 11th June the Canadians were to launch an armoured Brigade attack that they hoped would finally clinch their D-Day objective and open up the city of Caen for the British forces now facing the city. The pressures of war will become evident after listening to planning and execution of the attack that is referred to by the 1st Hussars as “The charge of the Light Brigade”.