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Epsom and Hill 112

Operation Epsom was general Sir Bernard Montgomery's third attempt in the Battle of Normandy to take the city of Caen, a key D-Day objective. He planned to deploy Lieutenant-General Sir Richard O'Connor's VIII Corps to force crossings over the Odon and orne rivers and capture Hill 112, a vital observation point. The attack, set for 26 June, would be the largest Allied offensive since D-Day. If succesful, it would encircle the German defenders of Caen, who were preventing furhter progress on Monty's left flank.

The Germans, logisitcally stretched and battle wearym were preparing a mnassive armoured counter-stroke themselves, and had to react swiftly lest the British dislodge the cornerstone of their defences. In five days of savage fighting, the British advanced 10km and briefly captured Hill 112. Although a crossing point over the Odon was siezed at Tourmauville bridge, the threat of counter-attack from II SS Panzer Corps persuaded Monty to withdraw from the east bank. Hill 112 and Caen remained in German hands. 

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BHC 000840 Casualties during Operation Epsom

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Casualties on stretchers awaiting transport to a casualty clearing station during Operation 'Epsom', 26 June 1944. 22 x 23 cm (2623 x 2665 pixels @ 300 DPI)

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BHC 000843 49th Division and Sherman June 1944

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Infantry of 49th Division digging in beside Sherman tanks near Rauray, 30 June 1944. 38 x 31 cm (4457 x 3744 pixels @ 300 DPI)

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BHC 000861 11th Armoured Division 10 July 1944

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Men of 11th Armoured Division at a communion service in the field before the attack on Verson and Eterville, 10 July 1944. 41 x 30 cm (4784 x 3588 pixels @ 300 DPI)

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BHC 000862 Despatch Riders of 15th Division on 25 June 1944

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Despatch Riders of 15th Division on 25 June 1944 40 x 30 cm (4788 x 3582 pixels @ 300 DPI)

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BHC 000864 Sherman Tank Rauray 30 June 1944

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A Sherman tank of 24th Lancers, 8th Armoured Brigade, passing a knocked-out German PzKpfw V Panther tank near Rauray, 30 June 1944. 48 x 32 cm (5657 x 3767 pixels @ 300 DPI)

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BHC 000997 Sherman tank Rauray

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A Sherman tank of the 4/7th Dragoon Guards, 8th Armoured Brigade, moves along a road near Rauray, 28 June 1944. 48 x 32 cm (5617 x 3752 px) @ 300 DPI

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BHC 001030 Knocked out Panther

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British troops advance past a knocked-out German PzKpfw V Panther Ausf A, June 1944. 48 x 31 cm (5649 x 3704 px) @ 300DPI

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BHC 001032 Sherman of the 24th Lancers

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A Sherman Firefly tank of 24th Lancers, 8th Armoured Brigade, near St Leger, 11 June 1944. 48 x 32 cm (5617 x 3752 px) @ 300 DPI

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BHC 001078 US Artillerymen Caumont 10 June

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US artillerymen of 987th Field Artillery Battalion loading the 155 mm gun of their M12 Gun Motor Carriage north of Caumont, 10 June 1944. 40 x 30 cm (4744 x 3588 px) @ 300 DPI

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BHC 001088 Sherman Mark II DD Tank

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A Sherman Mark II Duplex Drive D of 'B' Squadron, 4/7 Royal Dragoon Guards, 8 Armoured Brigade, passes a disabled PzKpfw IV Ausf.H on the road between Bayeux and Douet-de-Chouain, 13 June 1944. 48 x 32 ...

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BHC 001089 15 Infantry Division Operation Epsom

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Troops of 15 Infantry Division with a Churchill tank of 7 Royal Tank Regiment, 31 Tank Brigade, during Operation Epsom, Normandy, 28 June 1944 40 x 30 cm (4744 x 3580 px) @ 300 DPI

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BHC 001091 Engineers in Tilly sur Seulles

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Royal Engineers clearing mines in Tilly-sur-Seulles, 19 June 1944. 48 x 32 cm (5625 x 3767 px) @ 300 DPI

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BHC 004500 Churchill tank

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A Churchill tank of the 7th Royal Tank Regiment and men of the 8th Royal Scots on 28 June

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BHC 004501 London Yeomanry

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Troopers of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry mending damaged tracks to make fit again for battle

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BHC 004502 5.5 inch gun in Epsom

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A Royal Artillery 5.5 inch gun firing in support of 15th Division's attack on 26 June

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BHC 004503 RTR officers

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Officers sit on top of a 7th RTR Churchill tank on 28 June. Seated on the turret are (left) Lt Col R Delacombe, 8th Royal Scots and Lt Col G Gainsford 7th RTR

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BHC 004504 Church service Epsom

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Men of 9th Cameronians attend a service led by Reverand S. Cook just behind the front line during the afternoon of 25 June. These men were to go into battle for the first time on the following day

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BHC 004505 Cameronians briefing

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Lt Welsh briefs 18 Platoon, 9th Cameronians on 25 June

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BHC 004506 5.5 inch guns during Epsom

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British 5.5-inch gun firing in support of 15th Divisions attack on 26 June

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BHC 004507 Royal Scots

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Men of the 8th Royal Scots moving forward on 28 June past a Humber scout car

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