Day 2: Canadian Cemetery, Juno and Sword Beaches



Sword Beach
From about 7.30 am the 3rd British Division and some Commando units landed on Sword Beach which stretches for about 3 miles from Ouistreham to Luc-sur-Mer to the West. Among the tasks allocated to the Commandos they had to join forces with the 6th Airborne Division East of the Orne and make contact with the Canadians who had landed at Juno Beach to the West. The 3rd Division must secure the beach and advance inland to guard against advances by the armour of the 21st Panzer Division and 12 SS Panzer Division who were know to be in the area. This was no idle threat as later in the day a column of tanks of the 21st Panzer Division came within sight of the beach. The Commando Museum and the unique Bunker at Ouistreham graphically tell the story of Sword Beach and the aftermath. Various monuments along the shore road from Ouistreham to St Aubin-sur-Mer  provide commentry on the actions of various units during that day. Here is a memo issued to explain the markings to be used once the beaches were captured.

Juno Beach
Juno Beach is centred on the little Port of Courselles and is the landing beach of the 3rd Canadian Division The excellent Juno Beach Centre at Courselles is the only Canadian Memorial in Normandy.

Canadian Cemetery
Beny-sur-Mer is the site of a major Canadian cemetery on the route of the Canadian break out from Juno Beach
http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/youth/sub.cfm?source=feature/normandy/memorials/beny