June 1, 2015

Flers, August, 1944

11th Armoured Division


Flers (Flériens) is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France. The town was heavily bombed by the Allies on 6 and 7 June, 1944. Flers was liberated by the 11th Armoured Division, on August 16, during the reduction of the Falaise pocket.


Flers
2. Flers is located in north-western France.

The Falaise pocket on August 16
3. The Falaise pocket on August 16.

The frontline on August 16

4. On August 16 the frontline runs just to the north-west of Flers. The 11th Armoured Division with its right neighbor, the 3rd Infantry Division, are closing in. The boundary line between the 11th Armored and the 3rd Infantry was also the boundary line between XXX and VIII Corps. Flers was abandoned by the Germans and the British found it clear of enemy.

Sherman tanks advancing near Flers
5. Sherman tanks advancing near Flers. The first tank is fitted with a hedgerow cutter.

British column near Flers
6. A British column near Flers on 17 August 1944.

Cromwell of the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry passes  through Flers
7. Cromwell of the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry passes
through Flers. The devastation of the city is obvious.

A Sherman drives through the remains of Flers
8. A Sherman drives through the remains of Flers on 17 August 1944.


Photos attribution
1., 5., 6., 7., 8. Laing (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
3., 4. CMH Pub 7-5-1