How Outnumbered Germans Held Up the British & Canadian Forces at Caen | WW2 Tank Battles

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The city of Caen was one of the most important targets for British forces landing in Normandy on D-Day. Recognizing the strategic importance of the city, the Germans dug in and battled hard to keep them at bay. As a result, weeks of violent and exhausting battle ensued as British and Canadian troops attempted to seize a city that had turned into a fortress.

Like other key cities in Normandy in the invasion area, Caen was a vital road junction and a crucial strategic location.

From here, the Allies could then break out into more open land to the southeast where their tanks could travel freely.

The Germans hoped to keep the Allies from capturing it denying them the opportunity to march east to west, and break out of the bocage.

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