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Operation Bluecoat - Museum "La Percée du Bocage"

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  1. Billy Leblond

    Billy Leblond New Member

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    Operation Bluecoat: July 30 to August 7, 1944:
    Operation Bluecoat, better known as "The Breakthrough in the Bocage", was launched from Caumont l'Eventé on July 30, 1944.

    His goal was to take advantage of the departure in the area of Caen of he 2nd Panzer, during the operation "Goodwood", to penetrate the center of the enemy and also help the progress of the American breakthrough south of Saint-Lô (operation Cobra). One of the objectives of this "Breakthrough the Bocage" was the taking of Hill 309, east of Saint-Martin, by the VIII British Corps, while XXX Corps was to ensure the heights of "Bois du Homme" south-west of Jurques, and that the XII Corps would launch an attack on Villers-Bocage.
    The Liberation of St-Martin-des-Besaces:

    The main breakthrough was carried out by the 15th Scottish Division which managed to seize Hill 309, and by the 11th Armoured Division, of which a reconnaissance unit, by a fabulous contest of circumstance, penetrated 9 kms inside the German lines to a undefeded bridge over the Souleuvre river ... which allowed General Roberts to take advantage of this infiltration and thus to be able with the elements from the west, to free Saint-Martin on July 31st. The importance of this prodigious breakthrough was such that the whole battle plan of the VIII Corps was immediately modified.​

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    The museum:
    Most of it is devoted to the battles for the Breakthrough and the liberation of Saint-Martin-des-Besaces and its surroundings. Thanks to 250 photographic documents presented on a panoramic map and period maps, it is possible to relive step by step the progression of the different battalions, from July 30 to August 4, 1944.
    A gigantic diorama representing the fighting in St-Martin in which you can observe 60 models of vehicles and equipment.
    Inaugurated on June 12, 1983 by General Roberts and the veterans, it's a museum without weapons, because we rather prefer men and their stories; many memories evoking their history bring a comment rich in anecdotes.
    Who better to explain that Jean Ménard himself in this video subtitled:

    Documentation:
    Musée de la Percée du Bocage,
    5, rue du 19-Mars-1962
    14350, Saint-Martin-des-Besaces
    Tél. 02.31.67.52.78
    contact@laperceedubocage.fr
    www.laperceedubocage.fr
    Musée de La Percée du Bocage
     
  2. Sheldrake

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    Great Map! I need to visit the museum. No gunners though. It would have been even more complicated!
     

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