The Falaise-Chambois Pocket: Abbot Launay

During the battle of the “Falaise-Chambois” pocket, the local priest Abbot Launay attached a sheet to the top of his church spire by way of a white flag. This sheet is now displayed at the Mémorial de Montormel.

His flag proved to be ineffective, so he set out in search of the Allies. When he returned to Tournai with a lone Canadian soldier, they took 300 Germans prisoner in what was to become the courtyard of surrender.

Word spread and in the afternoon, a further 1,500 Germans surrendered on the same spot.

His bravery significantly shortened the battle and consequently saved hundreds of lives.

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