06:00 Hours, 8th June 1944
British troops are starting to exert pressure on the outer perimeter of the Caen defences. After buying some space near Blainville, 1./SS.Pz.Rgt.12 retired as planned and several companies of Pz.Rgt.22 took over the support mission the SS panzers were carrying out. As dawn broke it was clear that the British had been moving their troops up under the cover of darkness. Elements of the 56th Infantry Brigade were fighting against units of Pz.Aufk.21 holding the villages of Cheux and St.Manvieu to the West of Capriquet Airfield. SS.Pz.Gr.Rgt.25 holds the line running east to Caen from here. 2./SS.Aufk.12 have also hit the flanks of the 56th Infantry Brigade, particularly their artillery park.
Closing up to this area of the front we have the advanced echelons of the Panzer Lehr Division. Its initial role will be to support the 352nd Infanterie Division, deployed to the left of the SS Panzer Grenadiers. However the commander has been also ordered to exploit any local possibilities.
Despite total aerial supremacy imposed by the Allied airforces the Luftwaffe’s Recon units are providing a sterling job in getting intell for the units on the ground.
Picture of the Utah Beach Front: Before
Finally on overview of the Invasion Front