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D-Day at Juno Beach, 6 June 1944

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D-Day at Juno Beach, 6 June 1944

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Description: The aerial photo shows the sectors Nan Green and Nan White at the canadian landing beach.

Juno is the codename for the beach assigned to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Right in the middle of the britsh sector, between Gold to the west and Sword to the east, this beach is 7km long and located between the villages of Graye-sur-Mer and St-Aubin-sur-Mer.

The coast in this area is defended by elements of the 726th and 736th regiments and is doted by numerous concrete bunkers forming a thin defensive line. Along the beach, the gaps between the pillboxes are filled with rows of wooden posts, wood or concrete tetrahedrons and metalic gates (also called belgian gates) driven in the sand facing the sea.

Juno Beach is divided in two sectors: Mike (Green & Red) west of Courseulles and Nan (Green, White and Red) between Courseulles and St-Aubin-sur-Mer. According to plans, the assault will be made by two brigades attacking side by side, the 7th brigade to the west on Mike Green, Mike Red and Nan Green and the 8th brigade to the east on Nan White and Nan Red.

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