Maison du Queen's Own Rifles

Caen
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

One of the most famous places in the D-Day Landings, featuring in many of the photographs and newsreels from the landings, the Maison du Queen's Own Rifles is commonly considered to be the first house liberated by the Allies on 6 June 1944. Located in Bernieres-sur-Mer at Juno Beach, the house was liberated by the Queen's Own Rifles regiment who led the infantry assault and took the worst casualties of all the Canadian regiments on D-Day. Today, a plaque on the side of the house remembers the men of the Queen's Own Rifles who gave the ultimate sacrifice and commemorates their involvement in the liberation of France.

Nearby attractions

Around halfway between Gold Beach to the east and Sword Beach, which formed the left-hand flank of the D-Day Landing beaches, is Juno Beach where the Canadian 3rd Division came ashore.

This museum is the only one on the D-Day Landing Beaches to be dedicated entirely to the role played by Canadian troops in the Second World War.

A moving and peaceful memorial to those Canadian soldiers who lost their lives at Juno Beach and in the days following the D-Day Landings.

This museum is devoted to the history of radar during WW2 and is based at the former Douvres-la-Délivrande observation station.

Places to visit nearby

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Deauville in Normandy is a glamorous town on the Côte Fleurie ('flowery coast'), famous for horse racing and its international cultural festivals.

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