Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
Major and Mrs Holt's
Battlefield Guide Books and Maps - the very best
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps

Illustrated guide books and maps of the First & Second World Wars


 


CAEN

Caen, the cathedral city behind the D-Day landing beaches, suffered badly for its liberation. Between a massive incendiary raid of 6 June and the city's liberation on 9 July it is estimated that at least 2,000 civilians were killed - one upper estimate suggests 5,000.

The city was the ambitious D-Day objective of the British 3rd Division that had landed on SWORD beach but it was not reached.

Finally in Operation Charnwood, preceded by a massive bombing raid by Lancasters and Halifax aircraft, Caen was taken. It was a ruin.

Today the city is a thriving tourist and commercial centre with a focus on remembrance in its fine Memorial Museum, known as a 'Memorial for Peace'. There is a cinema, a cafeteria, a bureau de change and plenty of parking for cars and for coaches.

An addition to the WW2 elements of the museum is the 'Cold War Hall' shaped like a Nuclear shelter and there are many memorials in the gardens that surround the Museum.

Full details are given in our guide book both of the Museum and what there is to see in the city itself. Click HERE for more information.