the bloodiest square mile

The Suffolk Regiment in Normandy, June 1944

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The Suffolks engage in two fierce battles

The film tells the story of two of the battles that the Suffolk Regiment fought in Normandy.  The first the bloody battle for Chateau de La Londe in late June 1944 when the Regiment successfully attacked a heavily defended Chateau unsupported by tanks, with similar casualties to some of the worst battles in the First World War.

The second to dislodge a fanatical German Parachute Regiment, who were fighting desperately to cover the German retreat, from the area of the Tinchebray crossroads during the Allied breakout in early August.

A battle scared Chateau de La Londe | June 1944

This film is a tribute to all the Veterans of the 1st Battalion the Suffolk Regiment who fought in Normandy in 1944. And to the memory of one man – Major Ken Mayhew.

Major Ken Mayhew in Flers in 2019, liberated by 1 Suffolk

Lt Colonel Tony Slater OBE,
at Chateau de La Londe

The crossroads at Tinchebray

It is dedicated to Major Ken Mayhew and Private Ken Wright who appear in the film, their families and friends and all those brave men of the Suffolks who gave their lives to overthrow the Nazi tyranny and secure peace in Europe.

Major Ken Mayhew

As a young officer

Meeting the Mayor of Biéville-Beuville

Remembering his fallen comrades

Ken Mayhew was educated at Framlingham College (1929 – 1934) and retained close links with the school for the rest of his life. He was driven ashore on D-Day by another former pupil of the College, Cliff Kindred. Ken often said that Framlingham College and the Suffolk Regiment were the two experiences that influenced and shaped his whole life.

Framlingham College is committed to developing in each child the knowledge and skills they need to thrive as global citizens in their adult world. We foster and encourage learning by offering a breadth of academic, sporting and cultural opportunities. Most of all we encourage pupils to create their own story, to discover their own talents and capabilities…


This film was made by Angus Robertson and Graeme Hodges with the help of Lt Colonel Tony Slater OBE and Brigadier Tony Calder OBE DL.
We are grateful to Major Ken Mayhew and his family, for their support and encouragement.

A special mention goes to Will Causton for editing the film and Kris Hodges for sound production.


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