Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian war cemetery

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Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian war cemetery Cintheaux fr

Once the Battle of Normandy drew into its final weeks (in July-August 1944), the Second Canadian Corps had lost over 2,793 men who would be buried at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian military cemetery located in the town of Cintheaux (Calvados).

This cemetery has the tragic distinction of being the resting place of the youngest soldier lost during the Battle of Normandy. Gérard Doré was just a month shy of his seventeenth birthday when he was killed at Verrières ridge during operation Spring on July 23rd, 1944. 

Born on July 29, 1927 in Val-Jalbert, Quebec, Gérard left for Great Britain on May 1st, 1944 where he enlisted in the Mont Royal Fusiliers. His regiment left for Normandy on July 8th.

A monument in Gérard's honour sits outside the cemetery.

Also buried here are 79 Royal Canadian Air Force pilots and 91 unidentified soldiers.


June, 6 2014 - 3D film projection: D-DAY NORMANDY 1944 at Caen Zenith Theatre.