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Not forgotten; the seven airmen of Cerisy-la-Salle

Driving to find a match for our postcard of an old market hall we passed a small, poignant memorial. There is no trace of the market hall Cerisy-la-Salle but the tribute to seven airmen on the corner of Rue du Pont Sec and l’Auney ensures they will never be forgotten. The mission Twenty

A family remembers liberation; Sainte-Mère-Église, 1944

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, a man knocked loudly on the door of Alexandre Renaud, Mayor of Sainte-Mère-Église. Since the town's occupation by the enemy in 1940 there had been a strict curfew. This late night visit could only mean an emergency. The visitor explained rapidly that a house

WW2 history is disappearing from Néville-sur-Mer

Quietly crumbling into the sea, in amongst soft dunes isolated by marshland, is the Batterie Blankenese de Néville-sur-Mer.  A few miles east of Cherbourg this is not a famous WW2 heritage site, but still a poignant reminder of when Normandy was occupied by an unwelcome enemy. Then Here, from 1943 the Kreigsmarine,

What lies beneath, in Valognes

All towns have something they would like to forget. Valognes is not unusual in this, it was just a little prettier than most, for a while. Until June 1944 when liberator’s bombs obliterated it’s fickle heart. A glorious past In the 18th century this country town was fashionable.  Here, more than 100 noble

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