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...

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