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Rauray Anniversary
On 1st July we mark the Anniversary of the Battle of Rauray in 1944, when troops of the 70th Infantry Brigade Group defended this Normandy village and the 110 Ring Contour against repeated German assaults.

The 1st Tyneside Scottish and 11th Durham Light Infantry were supported by 24th Lancers, 2nd Kensingtons, 217 Battery of the 55th Anti-Tank Regiment, and the tanks of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. The battle is documented in detail in Kevin Baverstock's book "Breaking the Panzers".

It is estimated that at least 30 German tanks were destroyed during the engagement and significant casualties were suffered on both sides. This battle saw the final attempt of the German forces to prevent the onward movement of Allied forces in Normandy thwarted. The Brigade was awarded the battle honour "Defence of Rauray".