Normandy is a Land of Memory: it is this history on a human scale that the Falaise Memorial invites you to discover.

On June 6, 1944, the Battle of Normandy began, one of the largest military operations in history. It will only end after almost 3 months of fierce struggle, near Falaise.

With 35 million civilian deaths for 30 million soldiers, civilian populations were the first victims of the Second World War. This observation, unprecedented until then, will subsequently become the rule for all contemporary armed conflicts.

Normandy also paid the price of this liberation which forever marked its landscapes but also its inhabitants. Twenty Normans lost their lives following the fighting in the summer of 20, mainly in the bombing of towns.

The Falaise Pocket – Chambois

A strategic objective, Falaise was hit on June 7, 1944 and, like his country, suffered heavy losses. Liberated on August 17, 1944, the city will once again leave its name in history through one of the major sequences of the Battle of Normandy: the Falaise – Chambois Pocket.

It was there, east of Falaise, that between August 18 and 21, 2944, the fate of an encircled and routed German army was sealed, thus opening the way to Liberation, France and the 'Europe.

The recognition of this martyrdom took place on August 21, 1948: the date on which the town of Falaise was decorated with the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre 1939-1945.