Wiltshire Cadets remember soldiers who died during the Battle for Hill 112


Cadets from Wiltshire Army Cadets Band, joined World War Two veterans and members of Army Headquarters South West, at a ceremony to commemorate 75 years since 43rd Wessex Division suffered heavy losses at the strategically important Hill 112.

The Cadets were given the honour of leading out the parade in front of HRH The Earl of Wessex, as well as senior military and civilian figures from France and Britain.

The Battle for Hill 112 was a major battle during the Battle of Normandy during July 1944, when British and Canadian allied troops fought to liberate the region from the occupying German forces.

The ceremony was attended by three surviving veterans of the Normandy campaign, from 43rd Wessex Division.

Whilst in Normandy, the Cadets also had the opportunity to visit a number of battlefield landmarks in Normandy, including Juno Beach and St. Manvieu War Cemetery.

43rd Wessex Division was an infantry division which served with distinction in the Second World War from June 1944 until May 1945. The division suffered heavy casualties during this period, but gained a formidable reputation among the Germans.

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