I wanted to write something about my father’s experiences during Operation Totalize – a bit like one of Stolpi’s excellent threads. He was a loader/operator in No 1 Troop, B Squadron, Lothian and Border Yeomanry in the tank ‘Tolbooth’. Fortunately, the Lothians war diary has after-action reports for the individual Troops involved and I was able to get what I hope is a fairly good picture of the events of that night. Whilst researching I came across some disagreement as to the formation of the column he was in. Most of the books state the column was four tanks abreast and only contained two troops of Flails which was contradicted by the details given in Lothian’s War Diary. I’ve hesitated posting as I’m sure I’ve probably missed something blindly obvious that one of you clever buggers is going to point out. The Plan Operation Totalize stemmed from Montgomery’s desire for an attack on the eastern flank of the Allied front to capture Falaise. The American Operation Cobra in the west was showing great promise and US forces were driving south and west from the Brittany peninsula. Totalize, thrusting south from Caen, was intended to bring about a general German collapse. The II Canadian Corps, commanded by Lt Gen Guy Simmonds, was tasked with the assault. During the early hours of 8 August, two attacking forces of tanks and armoured personnel carriers would advance south either side of the main Caen-Falaise road. West of the road were the 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade and 2 Canadian Armoured Brigade. East of the road the 154 (Highland) Brigade and the 33 Armoured Brigade would make the attack. These two columns would bypass the front-line defenders and capture the main German defences around Cramesnil and Saint-Aignan de Cramesnil by dawn. Phase I. The assembly areas, advance lines and objectives of the armoured columns are marked in red, those for the following walking infantry in black. The divisional boundary is shown as a black, dashed line running down the main Caen-Falaise road. (Operation Totalize, Battlefield Tour, BAOR) The second phase would follow immediately. The remaining four infantry brigades of the 2 Canadian and 51 (Highland) divisions would clear up the isolated German forward defences and the 3 Canadian and 49 (West Riding) divisions would begin subsidiary attacks to widen the base of salient captured in the first phase. The 4 Canadian Armoured Division and 1 Polish Armoured Division would move up the corridor to Cramesnil and prepare to advance further south.