D-Day and Battle of Normandy museums
The museum-memorial of Coudehard-Montormel is located on “Hill 262”, dominating the region and in particular the valley of the Dives. It provides a better understanding of the origins, progress and consequences of this last major battle in Normandy, on the very spot where the vast encirclement of the German forces was closed on August 21, 1944. Objects of the battle are presented to Visitors, a animated map allows to discover the progress of the armed forces in presence while a bay window makes it possible to visualize the terrain of the last three days of combat. The visit ends with the screening of a documentary film.
It was built in 1965 in honor of the Allied units which took part in the fighting which ended the so-called “Falaise Pocket” (1st Polish Armored Division, 2nd French Armored Division, 4th Canadian Armored Division and 90th American Infantry Division). On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy. In particular, he commemorates the often-forgotten sacrifice of the Polish soldiers who fell in the field in August 1944.
The “August 1944” circuit of the Montormel Museum was inaugurated in September 2013, less than a year before the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy. This circuit of about twenty kilometers is carried out by car, on a signposted route and marked with informative panels. Approximately an hour and a half is needed to go through it. Starting from the Mont-Ormel Memorial, the 10-stage circuit leads to the strategic locations of the Battle of Chambois. The circuit in loop passes successively by Chambois, the corridor of death in Saint-Lambert-sur-Dives, Coudehard, Aubry-en-Exmes, Tournai-on-Dives place of settlement of the battle, then Moissy, Dives, Coudehard, to end at the Mont-Ormel Memorial. It borrows part of the “Corridor of the Death”, at the ford of Moissy to Chambois by which the German troops withdrew.
– Places for coaches near the museum.
– Car park near the entrance of the Merville battery.
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