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Côte Fleurie - August 18> 25, 2019


The liberation commemorations of the Côte Fleurie take on a particular dimension in 2019 with the presence of a detachment of the Belgian armed forces, the French Army, the ambassadors of Belgium and Peru, but also the last veterans of the "PIRON Brigade" »Including Jorge Sanjinez, 102, volunteered in the PIRON brigade in 1943. He will come from Peru where he resides. The commemorations will take place in many municipalities of the Côte Fleurie. In addition, at Villers-sur-Mer, fireworks and a ball will mark the anniversary. Visitors will also be able to discover the images of the liberation of Deauville during an exhibition and a conference.


In August 1944, the Côte Fleurie was liberated during "Operation Paddle". Conducted by the 1st British Corps including the troops of the 6th airborne division of Major-General Richard GALE, this operation aimed to free the Normandy coast between Ouistreham and Honfleur, in order to position itself facing the harbor of Le Havre, which is still occupied.
Two units will largely contribute to the success of the Allied troops:
- A brigade composed of Belgian and Luxembourg soldiers in British uniforms and commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Baptiste PIRON.
- A Dutch brigade "Princess Irene", under the orders of Lieutenant-Colonel De RUYTER.
These two units will be engaged along the coast, supported by elements of the Oxford & Bukinghamshire Regiment (the "Ox & Bucks of" Pegasus Bridge ") and the Uster Riffles Regiment which will cross the Touques a little to the East of the device while further inland will advance the troops of the 49th West Riding, and those of the 51st Scottish Division.

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