The position held by SS-Panzer-Division 12 “Hitlerjugend” in the village of Rots threatened the deep flank of the 3rd Canadian’s advance against Caen. To remove this threat, the Canadians ordered the 46th Royal Marine Commandos, supported by the 10th Canadian Armoured Brigade, to take the village and clear their flank. The Canadians’ first encounter with the fanatic SS was about to begin.
Attacker: Canadian (46 Royal Marine Commando; 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade; 10th Canadian Armoured Regiment)
Defender: German (SS) (SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26; SS-Panzer-Division 12 "Hitlerjugend")