On 8 July 1944, Soldiers of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada (HLI of C), 9th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division assaulted the German positions within the town of Buron, supported by tanks of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers and Royal Artillery. The HLI of C faced stiff opposition from members of the 25th Panzer Grenadiers of the 12th SS Panzer Div. The Battalion suffered 262 casualties, including 62 killed while liberating the town.
In May 2018, members of The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada (The HLI of C’s Perpetuating Regiment) visited Normandy in memory of those who fell during the battle of Buron where a commemorative plaque was inaugurated. The Juno Beach Centre was pleased to welcome this prestigious group. Among them was Darryl Casselman, associate director of the Juno Beach Centre Association Canada.
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