1801 Caen, 1944

The bombing of and the battle for Caen was just part of the overall bombing of and battle for normandy. The bombing of Normandy devastated and flattened many Normandy towns and cities and resulted in thousands of ‘friendly civilian casualties’. U.S. General Omar Bradley remarked after the war that “We went into France almost totally untrained in air-ground cooperation.”

And in his book  – “D-Day” Antony Beevor surmises that “The British bombing of Caen beginning on D-Day in particular was stupid, counter-productive and above all very close to a war crime.”

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