16:00 Hours, 7th June 1944
Advanced elements of 47th Panzer Corps, the Aufklarer Abteilung of the Panzer Lehr Division have started to arrive at the Invasion Front. The 12th SS Hitlerjugend has now fully arrived with the main divisional HQ approaching Troarn and both of its Panzer Grenadier Regiments are now poised to engage the enemy. The Panther Battalion of SS Panzer Regiment 12 has joined Panzer Regiment 21 in forming a wall of steel and fire in the ridges to the North East of Caen. They face a rolling advance of British troops headed by the 3rd Infantry Division. Artillery of the 21st Panzer Division, dug in in the center of Caen itself, has been pounding the advancing Tommies and caused them to halt at Blainville. The initial plan calls for the Panthers of the 12th SS and half of Pz.Rgt.22 to make the left wing of a pincer coming from the ridges to the North West of Herouville, while the other half of Pz.Rgt.22 will take its Panzer IV’s through the village and through the defensive lines of the 1st Company of Pioniere Battalion 716 holding the ground to the north of Herouville. The assault is programmed for 20:00 Hours to minimize disruption from air attack or naval bombardment from the big guns offshore. The Stab of Panzer Regiment 22, currently dug in the steelworks to the south of Caen, will coordinate the attack.