World Battlefronts: In a Norman Village

For a while there was hope among the German soldiers in the little village of Saint-Lambert-sur-Dives. Squatting in the winding, narrow, tree-lined lanes were hundreds of tanks, lorries, guns and horse-drawn vehicles. Their crews, from ten divisions of the broken German Seventh Army, had driven out of a succession of Normandy traps. Could they get back to the Seine?

The column began to move: it ground out, tightly packed, onto the main road to the northeast. Then hope died forever.

Canadian artillery had been ranged on the road for days. Now it opened up...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!