Wed 5 June - 10:00 - Mont-Canisy - BENERVILLE-SUR-MER

Commemoration of the Neptune operation on the Mont Canisy

A remembrance stone pays tribute to the Britannic crews of the Neptune operation in the Bay of the Seine.
The Operation Neptune, first step of the Overlord plan , aiming at the reconquest of Europe, started on June 6th, 1944. At 5:45 am, the allied fleet opened fire on the German defence positions. At 6:30 am, the first American assault troops reached Utah and Omaha beaches. The Britannic and Canadian troops attacked an hour later due to the tide. On the evening of June 6th, 20,000 vehicles were destroyed and 155,000 soldiers were killed (including parachutists). These losses (including killed, injured and disappeared people) were about 10,000, that is to say less than what it was expected. With the exception of Omaha, where the battle continued for a long time, the Atlantic Wall was quickly defeated and the Allies reached the inner lands up to about ten kilometres. The Mont Canisy, coastal battery between 1935 and 1940, was the most important artillery point of the Atlantic Wall between Cherbourg and Le Havre from 1941 to 1944. Its strategic position, across Le Havre’s harbour and the Seine Bay, transformed it into a fortress during the last World War. Many remains from this last period are still present: blockhouses and 155 mm cannon huts, shelter bunkers, defence towers, and gun control posts…