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south and west into Brittany, while covering the flank of the British and Canadian forces (now joined by a Polish division) that moved south and east towards the Seine. The Germans launched a counter-offensive on 7 August that provided a temporary check to the advance. This ultimately left a substantial German force encircled by the Allies from Mortain to Falaise and Argentan. The Germans fought desperately to withdraw, but half of their 15 divisions were trapped when the gap was closed by the Canadians and Poles on 20 August, near Chambois. Thereafter, the Germans concentrated on evacuating their remaining forces across the Seine and withdrew north-east. The Americans advanced on the right – the French Armoured Division taking the surrender of Paris on 25 August – while the British Second Army moved up the centre to liberate Brussels on 3 September. On the left flank, the Canadians fought their way up the coast, taking the Channel ports, and crossed into Belgium on 7 September.

D-Day - Normandy  

This guide explains tells the story of The Battle of Normandy or D-Day as it is perhaps better known. The guide contains a short and conci...