The D-Day Story Collection


A map of Villers-Bocage area in Normandy, defence overprint, dated 8.7.1944. Defences interpreted by APIS up to 7.7.1944, with information from a ground source 8.7.1944. The map shows the area to the north-west, north and north-east of Villers-Bocage. Field boundaries are marked on the map. Information on German defences is given, such as front line positions and artillery batteries. This is a composite of maps of France, Sheets 37/16SW, 37/16 S.E., 37/14 N.W. and 37/14 N.E. (parts of), 1 to 25,000 scale. This belonged to Mr Oliver H. Perks, who was a Forward Observation Officer with 90th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, part of 231 Brigade, 50th Division. On D-Day his Landing Craft, Tank (LCT), got waterlogged while crossing the Channel, and had to return to Shoreham, so he did not land in Normandy until three days later. He served in North West Europe until the end of the war.

Location: In store, can be viewed by appointment


Reference: 1986/194/3