By the spring of 1944, the Allies where ready to cross the channel and assault “Fortress Europe”. D-Day, 6 June 1944, saw Allied forces gain five beachheads on the coast of Normandy. Fighting inland, the Canadians played a major role in the capture of Caen and then Falaise, which closed a gap trapping thousands of Germans soldiers and their equipment. This effectively ended the battle for Normandy.D-Day
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces invaded Europe on the Normandy beaches in France. Five divisions landed across a 50 mile beachfront with the Canadians landing at Juno Beach.Caen
Moving inland from the beaches, the Canadian’s next objective was the city of Caen. Achieving this proved to be a long and costly fight against battle-hardened German forces.Falaise
The Canadian forces, now expanded to form the 1st Canadian Army, was next tasked to capture Falaise and help close a circle which would cut off a large segment of Germany's fighting force.