Le LionVerd

World War II

The three departments of Calvados, Orne and Manche contain all the sites, museums and memorials and the important landmarks connected with D-Day and the battles which followed.


There are several museums including Musée Leclerc in Alençon, Muséemorial, Un Musée pour la Paix in Caen and also close to Caen is the Montormel Memorial.

Even today the remnants of the artificial Mulberry harbour at Arromanches are a vivid reminder of the scale of the undertaking. Arromanches is home to museum which houses amongst other things a model of the harbour and a film made by the British Admiralty which follows the course of the entire operation. While a nearby cinema offers a panoramic film 'The Price of Freedom' shown on 9 screens provides the sensation of being at the very heart of the operation.

There are many museums to visit including Musée Leclerc in Alençon, Muséemorial, Un Musée pour la Paix in Caen and also close to Caen is the Montormel Memorial.

Normandy is forever linked with the momentous events of June 1944 and the months which followed leading to the liberation of France and the rest of Europe.

History

History surrounds you and awaits to be discovered.





From Medieval times and William the Conqueror to the Second World War…..

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The bridge over the River Orne here had been an important crossing point and therefore the village suffered greatly as the Allies fought with the retreating Germans.


The village was liberated on the 18th August 1944.


Putanges-Pont-Ecrepin

'Falaise is William’s birthplace and Caen home to his ducal château which is one of the largest fortified enclosures in Europe.  


While in Bayeux you can visit the world famous tapestry recording his exploits.

William the Conqueror

Travel even further back into the Middle Ages.


Believed to have been built around 1100, in the medieval hilltop town of Domfront the remains of its walls and famous dungeon can be seen today.

Medieval times


View from the ruins of the Lion Verd