Canadian and British troops liberated Caen after 33 days of the bloodiest battles of the Normandy campaign. A small but dramatic ceremony in the main square marked the historic first raising of the French flag. But a Canadian artillery officer on horseback made the moment symbolically Canadian too.
"A Canadian on Horseback: 9 July 1944 Memorialized in Bronze,"
Canadian Military History:
1, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/vol3/iss1/8