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After the landing of the Allied troops in Normandy, the Germans quickly went up from the south to the northwest in an attempt to block their progress. This movement will give rise to major and bloody operations and battles on Lower Normandy soil. It will be the battle of the hedges (Hedgerows hell), Operation Cobra or even Mortain’s counter-attack … besides that, the daily clashes will also leave traces.
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.
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.
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Tourist guide passionate about the Second World War, Florent Plana is currently making a film scheduled for release in June 2022. Known for his interviews with veterans, he has a special link with Omaha Beach, on which have some scenes of the future film were shot. Before getting a preview at the Normandy Victory Museum next summer, take a look behind the scenes with us.
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.
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.
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