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Point 55

This is the highest point of the road on the Périers Ridge between Périers-sur-le-Dan and Plumetot. On the maps of the Allies this point was indicated as "Point 55".

In the afternoon of June 6, 1944 units of 21. Deutsche Panzer-Division dived in the gap between Sword Beach and Juno Beach using this road. While they were under fire from Allied anti-tank guns small German units succeeded to reach the beach near Lion-sur-Mer around 19.30 hours. Overwhelmed by the sight of the invasion fleet and the arrival of the Allied air fleet that carried out Operation Mallard the German troops soon withdraw.

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  • Text: Barry van veen
  • Photos: Barry van Veen