|Bourguébus: Marching Onward|
|Campaign||Liberation of Caen|
|Date||July 19, 1944|
|Axis||1st & 12 SS Panzer Division|
Operation Goodwood. Remnants of the 1st SS Korps are regrouping south of Caen. Reinforced with extra armor, 3rd Battalion's orders are to advance towards the Bourguébus ridge and neutralize all remaining panzer formations.
1) Clear Soliers & Fours
1b) Clear out the Flak 88s
1c) Clear Bourguébus
2) Eliminate the Panzer Divisions
- An ample amount of Pak 38 50mm Anti-tank Guns defend the towns; eliminate them quickly.
- There are a good number of Flak 88s. Using a sizable infantry group can take them out without getting hit as often as the tanks.
- Create a strong group of tanks to engage the panzer divisions once the Flak 88s are destroyed.
- 17 Pounder AT Guns will prove incredibly useful, not only for the panzer attacks but also against the King Tigers.
- A special note for this mission is that the King Tigers and the Jagdpanthers have significantly increased firepower than the previous mission. King Tigers will one shot Fireflies and do critical damage to Cromwells and Churchills. Try to button the King Tigers first before engaging them with armor.
After taking the towns of Soliers, Fours, and Bourgebous, the 1st SS Panzer Division immediately withdrew. By that time, most SS units were annihilated in the attack by the British. Captain Cutting informed Major Blackmore that 3rd Battalion was being withdrawn, relieved by 2nd Battalion. After the battle, Major Blackmore finds an Iron Cross and leaves with the rest of 3rd Battalion.
Originally a D-Day objective, it took 44 days for the British to capture Caen. Constant pressure by the British allowed the Americans to break out of Normandy, and within a few days, Paris was captured.
Major Blackmore retired after the war ended. He taught at the Military Academy at Woolsach until his death in 1983.
Awarded for minimizing tank casualties.
France and Germany Star
Awarded for taking and securing the city of Caen.