Chapter 6: The Battles for Verrières Ridge


Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy by Terry Copp

Brian A. Reid, No Holding Back: Operation Totalize, August 1944 (Toronto: Robin Brass, 2005).

Official Histories

Cross Channel Attack: The U.S. Army in World War II by Gordon A. Harrison

The Victory Campaign: The Operations in North-West Europe, 1944-1945. Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Vol. III by C.P. Stacey

Victory in the West Vol. I: The Battle of Normandy by Major L.F. Ellis

Primary Sources

Canadian War Diaries of the Normandy Campaign at the Laurier Military History Archive

Operation “SPRING” by Lt.-Gen. Guy Simonds, General Officer Commanding II Canadian Corps

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry at Verrières by J.M. Rockingham, Officer Commanding Royal Hamilton Light Infantry


Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, see Commonwealth War Graves Commis­sion


From The Victory Campaign by C.P. Stacey.

The Battle of Bourgebus Ridge, 18-21 July 1944 (Map 3, p 178)

The Capture of Caen (Sketch 11, p 159)

German Dispositions, British Front, 24-25 July 1944 (Sketch 12, p 184)

Verrieres Ridge – Tilly-la-Campagne, 25 July 1944 (Sketch 13, p 188)

Operation “Totalize”: The Plan (Sketch 14 p 217)

Operations 28th Canadian Armoured Regiment, 9 August 1944 (Sketch 15, p 226)