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The British Second Army under the command of General Dempsey landed east of the US First Army, on three beaches (Gold, Juno and Sword) between Port-en-Bessin and Oustreham. In the course of “the longest day,” as June 6, 1944 is also sometimes called, its units penetrated inland towards the towns of Bayeux and Caen. In the section of the British XXX Corps, they landed on Gold beach in the Le Hamel – La Riviere area together with the 50th Infantry Division, reinforced by the 8th Armored Brigade, part of the famous 79th Armored Division and the No. 47 Commando of the Royal Marines. After overcoming strong resistance in Le Hamel, British troops advanced towards Bayeux and reached the Vaux sur Aure – Vaux sur Seulles – Brécy – Creuilly lines where they made contact with men from the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. At the same time, a plan was made for an attack on Bayeux, which became the first town to be liberated by the Allies in France. The troops of the British I Corps landed at Juno and Sword beaches and advanced to Caen from the northwest and north. Several hours before the attack from the sea, the British 6th Airborne Division landed east of the River Orne in the Caen region, secured the bridges over the River Orne and the Caen canal, and was successful in occupying the coastal battery in Merville. The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, which landed on Juno beach in Courseulles, advanced three to six miles inland in the course of the day. In Bretteville l’Orgueilleuse, armored patrols reached the main road between Bayeux and Caen. The British 3rd Infantry Division landed to the left, on Sword beach, and continued to advance to Biéville, about two miles from Caen. In the course of fighting, however, a gap formed between its flank and units of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division which the Germans used to carry out their only significant counterattack of the day. The Allies reacted quickly, forcing the enemy to retreat to its starting position.