By J. L Granatstein
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The Germans were ready for the Canadians. When the North Novas in their lightly armoured universal carriers and the Sherbrooke Fusiliers in their light Stuart reconnaissance tanks reached the village of Buron, they ran into well-sited German defences. What made the attackers' position even more dangerous was that their advance had outrun the range of artillery support. The result was a long and costly battle for the village by a single company ofinfantry and a squadron of tanks, a battle that turned into a house-by-house "search and destroy" struggle.
Rommel's headquarters controlled only the 21st Panzer Division near Caen. It had managed to get some tanks down to the beaches in the gap between the British and Canadian landings, although without much effect. But the major tank reserves, the 1st SS Panzer Corps situated north-west ofParis, could not be moved without the FUhrer's permission. All day Hitler's headquarters in remote East Prussia ignored the appeals. General JodI, head of the military staff at the headquarters, told importunate officers on Rundstedt's staff that the Normandy invasion was only a feint to mask the real effort east of the Seine.
Landing craft of the 3rd Division's reserve brigade, the 9th, began to ride the surf into the beaches. Hundreds of infantry and dozens of tanks crowding through Bernieres made all involved grateful that the Luftwaffe was staying close to its bases. It was late afternoon before the 9th Brigade was on the move towards Beny-sur-Mer. Any hope that it would seize the Carpiquet area had to be abandoned. The advance battalions of the 9th dug in around Anisy, supported by the tanks of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers.