BIG DAY OUT
3rd Canadian Infantry Division
Juno Beach is the code name of the Canadian DDay landing beach in Normandy France. Located between Sword & Gold Beach's. On DDay June 6, 1944 along the 8 km of Juno beach the 3th Canadian Infantry Division commanded by Major General Rodney Keller landed. Their landings were assisted by the Royal Canadian Navy & Royal Navy UK. The objectives were to cut the Caen - Bayeux highway, capture the Carpiquet aerodrome & establish the junction with the British beaches of Gold Beach and Sword Beach. 14,000 Canadians landed on DDAY, the beach landings were supported by Canadian paratroopers landed just east of the beaches. The Royal Canadian Navy contributed 110 ships & 10,000 sailors. The R.C.A.F. assisted with pre-invasion bombing inland. On D- Day & Beaches breakout, 15 R.C.A.F. fighter & fighter-bomber squadrons helped control the skies over Normandy attacking enemy targets. On D-Day, Canadians suffered 1074 casualties & 359 were killed.
We drive 2 hours north into Normandy heading to Caen, & then head to the coast to Juno Beach.
- Juno Beach
- Juno Beach Memorial
- Juno Beach Centre - The Canadians on DDay
- Canadian break out routes into Normandy
- L'Abbaye D'Ardenne 12th SS Headquarters & location of the shooting of 20 Canadian Prisoners of War
- Le Château Tailleville - A major German defence position just inland from the Juno beach
A witness recalls history
"Then I saw a horizon full of ships. There was no storm in this area, which is rather protected from climatic disturbances, says Georges Régnauld. On the other hand, there was soon the bombardments of the coast by the boats of the armada. With the farmer's family, I hid in a small quarry at the end of the field. Then I took advantage of a decrease in the intensity of the shots to try a return home. Fifty meters after the farm, a helmeted fellow with a lattice came down and stuck his machine gun on my stomach, asking me, "Are you boche, are you there?" I told him no. Then he said, "I'm French Canadian!" Then his brothers in arms came out of the hedge where they were hiding and offered me cigarettes and chocolate. "