THE HISTORICAL BLOG
The summer of 1944 witnessed terrible clashes between the US military and the German army in Normandy. For 11 weeks, in the Cotentin, then in the center and in the south of the Manche, the American army, led by General Eisenhower, fought hard against the troops of the Reich. The staff’s objective is to liberate Normandy and move towards Brittany and Mayenne, then towards eastern France. Sadly, nothing is going to turn out the way the Allies expected.
Muse of the greatest artists of her time, Lee Miller embodied the feminine ideal of the 1930s. During the war, she proved to be an outstanding reporter at the time of the liberation of the camps. Photographing the enemy seems liberating for this bruised woman whose life and work are still intimately linked.
On February 22, 1943, three German students from the University of Munich were executed. They are accused of acts of high treason and subversive propaganda for repeatedly distributing leaflets. Among them, Sophie Scholl, a young woman barely 20, became a symbol of resistance and courage against Hitler’s murderous madness.
Discovered under a barrel, still covered in dust, these three helmets are riddled with impact from the fighting. We can recognize a camouflaged German helmet from a Heer unit, an SS helmet with some remains of camouflage as well as a heavily damaged American light helmet.
An exceptional donation for the museum: the jacket of the French Post Office, of a resistance member of the Centurie-OCM Network
An additional piece of history enters the museum. René Duclos’ jacket will be on display in a few weeks with its history. So that we never forget the sacrifice of these men, for our Freedom.
As the 7th German division commanded by Rommel, inexorably advances towards Cherbourg and as the war draws near to La Manche, a handful of diehards cling to the lines of defense in Le Cotentin and try to halt the dazzling advance of the enemy.
Due to its agricultural situation and a certain food self-sufficiency, La Manche even if it suffers, seems a little spared by the shortage at least as far as food is concerned.
Did you know ? The Normandy Victory Museum is located on a former historically known American military aerodrome: the A10 Airfield. It is still in operation and small aircraft can still use its shortened runway, 400 meters long.
In 1939, when men were mobilized, women were on all fronts. They are found in domestic tasks as usual but also in the production of weapons, mechanics, fields, in hospitals, in the resistance and in battles. This exhibition pays tribute to them and highlights their sometimes overlooked actions.
A few weeks after the D-Day in Normandy, the allies are entangled in a war of attrition and in the hedges of the Norman bocage which serve the Germans placed in ambush. The advance is more difficult than expected and only a large-scale operation will be able to open...
It is in a still somewhat special atmosphere that we commemorate the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings. This year in Normandy, there will be fewer people, fewer activities than the "June 6" to which we are accustomed but we are happy to offer you this program...
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Located in the heart of the Cotentin marshes which have seen so many liberating paratroopers fall, the Normandy Victory Museum evokes with realism and respect, the painful and glorious hours of the after Dday in Normandy. To understand the story, pay tribute to the military and civilians and never forget.
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We have many offers for all of you. Family, group but also school and business. Whether it is cultural, educational, entertaining, commemorative, each visit will have its own objective and each visitor will leave conquered and richer from this encounter with the past.