The D-DAY Landings
The sector between Courseulles and Saint-Aubin was put in the hands of General Keller’s 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, supported by the 48th Commando of the Royal Marines. With coastal reefs making navigation difficult, the landing craft were late in arriving. They reached the shore at high tide and came straight up against the obstacles that Rommel had put in place, causing heavy casualties and obstruction of the beaches. After some fierce fighting and the loss of a thousand men (including 300 killed), the Canadians finally managed to join up with the British forces that had landed at Gold Beach and establish a solid bridgehead a dozen kilometres deep (the record for the day). They had not, however, achieved two of their objectives – Route Nationale 13 and Carpiquet aerodrome.