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Canadians played a prominent role in the Normandy Campaign, a deadly battle of attrition.

For the first month following the D-Day landings, a stalemate developed during which the Allies built up their forces in a narrow bridgehead. Additional Canadian formations were committed to the struggle and organized as II Corps, serving under First Canadian Army.

In July Canadian troops helped capture Caen. They then participated in a series of difficult offensives towards Falaise aimed at joining an American advance from the south and encircling the German forces in Normandy. By August 21, the Germans had either retreated or been destroyed between the Canadian-British and American pincers. The ten-week Normandy Campaign cost the Canadians alone more than 18,000 casualties, 5000 of them fatal.

See also :
Canadian Newspapers and the Second World War : D-Day and the Normandy Campaign

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