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Devons actually reached the village, but were unable to hold an to it. The Dorsets, who were without tank support, were heavily counter-attacked by enemy tanks and infantry, but after some very bitter fighting managed to hold on to what ground they had gained. Their Commanding Officer, Lt Col Norie, was wounded at the beginning of the action (he later died of wounds, a very sad loss),and the lot fell to the writer to assume command.

This battle of Hottot marked the end of the bridgehead operations and the first phase of the battle of Normandy. The battalions of the 231st Brigade and, for that matter, the whole of the 50th Division, could well be proud of their achievements since D-day.

(Archive transcripts © Copyright Normandy War Guide)

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