Ch. 7. ‘Tractable’ and the Falaise Gap

Place Guillaume le Conquérant, Falaise.


‘Tractable’ and the Falaise Gap


Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy by Terry Copp

Maple Leaf Route: Falaise by Terry Copp & Robert Vogel (Alma: Maple Leaf Route, 1983).

Victory at Falaise by Denis & Shelagh Whitaker with Terry Copp (Toronto: Harper Collins, 2000).

Official Histories

Cross Channel Attack: The U.S. Army in World War II by Gordon A. Harrison

The Victory Campaign: The Operations in North-West Europe, 1944-1945. Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Vol. III by C.P. Stacey

Victory in the West Vol. I: The Battle of Normandy by Major L.F. Ellis

Primary Sources

Canadian War Diaries of the Normandy Campaign at the Laurier Military History Archive

Report on the Bombing of Our Own Troops during Operation “Tractable”: 14 August 1944, by Air Chief Marshal Arthur Harris, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Bomber Command


“In the Eye of the Storm”: A Recollection of Three Days in the Falaise Gap, 19–21 August 1944 by Arthur Bridge

Pursuit to the Seine: The Essex Scottish Regiment and the Foret De La Londe, August 1944 by Doug W. McIntyre


Le Mémorial de Falaise Museum, Falaise

Castle of William the Conqueror, Falaise

Memorial Montormel Museum, Montormel


Maps and Sketches from The Victory Campaign by C.P. Stacey.