The Americans still progress towards the east of Argentan and Alencon, and the pursuit of German forces fleeing to Falaise continues. Patton, while Dreux and Chartres are liberated by the 20th Corps (3rd Army) and the 15th Corps (3rd Army). The progression of the Canadians and the Poles to the north of Argentan continues: Falaise is finally liberated by the 2nd Corps belonging to the 1st Canadian Army led by General Crerar. On the evening of August 16, the 21st Army Group led by General Montgomery controls the following towns (from West to East): Condé-sur-Noireau, part of the town of Flers, Saint-Denis and Pont-d'Ouilly. Difficult fightings take place near the village of Trun ultimately liberated by the Canadians.
However, at 03:30 pm, General Montgomery orders the closure of the pocket from the village of Trun, while Bradley believes it is already too late and that much of the German forces have retreated towards the Seine river.
The Allies are also preparing a new operation, codenamed Paddle, which has to break the German lines to the east of Caen. The launch of this offensive is planned for August 17 and is to be led by the Belgian brigade of Colonel Piron. The first soldier of the Belgian Piron Brigade is killed in Normandy on August 16. It is the private Edouard Gerard, 20, who was killed at Sallenelles.