July 17, 6pm : Feldmarschall Erwin Rommel's Horch staff-car is strafed, 2 kms north of Vimoutiers, leaving him with multiple skull fractures.
July 17th, with Rommel
summer which follows is lived in constant fear :
bombardments, gunning, air raids, processions of refugees, convoys ... It is that the front line
is approaching and the ultimate battle, the "cauldron", from August 18
to August 22, will take place in Mont Ormel, heart of the Falaise pocket, some 12 kms from
Vimoutiers occupied, of which the road is the only from now on
possible one for the withdrawal of troops.
Six nations (Germans, Americans, British, Canadians, French and Polish) were involved in this last fight of the Battle of Normandy that would open the way to liberation of Paris.
The pocket battle, the
last battle of Normandy :