On 31st June the men of 177 Infantry Brigade moved up to the front line for the first time.
The 1/6th Battalion took over the line from the Royal Ulster Rifles at Cambes, a large village approximately four miles to the north of the besieged city of Caen.
The 2/6th Battalion moved to an orchard just south of the village of Anisy to the north of Cambes.
The 5th Battalion moved to the area of Galamanche slightly to the east of Cambes.
The movement of thousands of troops and tons of transport over the previous three weeks of a Normandy summer had resulted in the formation of a thick layer of dust across the terrain. This presented a risk as rising dust clouds gave away any troop movements in daylight. Dust allowed German observers to direct their artillery fire down onto the heads of formations on the move. Consequently, 177 Brigade were shelled as they moved into position, but on this occasion casualties were few.