Sunday, April 19, 2009

Valognes, France - June 10, 2008

Pretty much dead center in the Cherbourg Peninsula, Valognes lies directly on the path to a primary Allied objective, a deep water port on the northern tip of the peninsula, Cherbourg itself. The Allied advance, which reached Valognes on June 20th, 1944, was delayed for a while by the massive damage caused by bombardments earlier in the war.
Incredibly however, the town, which is mentioned twice in the movie Saving Private Ryan, still contains a few prime 18th century town houses, despite the worst ravages of two world wars. We camped here overnight in an odd little municipal park. More pictures here.

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