The British Contribution
To ensure that the British role in the liberation of Caen is properly recognised.
The British Garden in Caen should represent not only those involved in the liberation of Caen but also all those in His Majesty’s Forces and civilians who were concerned with the war effort.
We shall never forget!
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists 1,243 men who died on 6th June 1944 while serving with forces from the United Kingdom.
A further 17,491 men were killed during the rest of the Normandy campaign up to the time Allied forces entered Paris on 25th August 1944.
The Memorial Garden
The garden site is about the size of a football pitch. Work on the garden started in 2002 and was finished by the autumn of 2003. The garden opened officially in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of D-Day, in June 2004 – a fitting climax to the project.
The Normandy Campaign
The campaign in North West Europe opened with the landings by Allied Forces in Normandy on 6 June 1944. Airborne landings were made by one British and two American divisions, with seaborne landings being made by two British, one Canadian and elements of three American divisions.