Editor’s note: The 1st Polish Armoured Division fought side-by-side with the Canadians during the Normandy Campaign. The Division was formed in England in early 1942 mainly from Poles who had fled the German occupation of their country in 1939. On 30 July 1944 the Division arrived in Normandy where it was placed under the command of Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds’ 2nd Canadian Corps. Its first introduction to battle came on 7 August during the battles south of Caen. The report reproduced below constitutes the afteraction report of the 1st Polish Armoured Division for it operations in Normandy. This report forms the basis of many accounts of the Division and deserves to be read in its original, unedited form.
Maczek, Stainslaw "The 1st Polish Armoured Division in Normandy." Canadian Military History 15, 2 (2006)