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The Battle of Normandy

The liberation of Caen

After a month of siege, Montgomery decided to try a frontal attack on Caen in an attempt to break the deadlock.

After a month of siege, Montgomery decided to try a frontal attack on Caen in an attempt to break the deadlock. On 4 July, the final attack was preceded by a Canadian assault on the 12th Panzer SS Hitlerjugend entrenchments around Carpiquet and its aerodrome, which were taken after hard fighting. On the evening of the 7th, heavy aerial bombing opened a breach in the German defences to the north of Caen. The Canadians and British finally entered Caen on 9 July. The right bank of the Orne, however, was not to fall for another ten days and the Germans were able to re-establish their lines of defence south of the town and continue to block the road to Falaise.