Patton Memorial at Avranches
It was along this road on the July 28th that the tanks of General Patton's Third
Army started out from Coutances.
Ahead of them on the road to Avranches were three German divisions retreating.
They were spotted by the American pilots and were attacked by rocket firing
The Germans came mainly from the SS Divisions, the 2nd Das Reich and the 17th,
Goetz Von Berlinchingen. The Germans suffered heavy losses in both men and
At the village of Gavray members of the 2nd Panzer managed to hold up the
advance for a few hours and blew the bridge crossing of the Sienne (Not the same
river that passes through Paris).
Patton's orders had been to push to Avranches with all haste and not to protect
his flanks, the speed with which the American Fourth Armoured Division reached
Avranches after a round the clock assault exceeded the expectations of Bradley.
After the liberation of Avranches Patton's army swung into Brittany to the West,
and towards the Loire to the east. There was one final battle to come, the
Germans final stand at Mortain to the east. In 2004 the monument was added to by
the placing of a bronze bust of the great man. Many of the businesses around the
monument have been named after Patton, but he would not be amused by the Patton
Hotel that has only two stars!!