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Mont-Ormel Museum: Photos

Check out some of the photos I took at the Mont-Ormel Museum below!

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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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The Falaise-Chambois Pocket: Summary

In August 1944, after 72 days of fighting, the Allies encircled the German army in the Dives valley.

The “Falaise-Chambois” pocket formed and the German army’s retreat from this pocket would become the last combat of the Battle of Normandy.

The pocket reunited 6 nationalities (German, American, British, Canadian, French and Polish). Between the 19th and 21st August, the Allies closed in a total of 100,000 German soldiers. 50,000 of these soldiers escaped, 10,000 were killed and 40,000 were taken prisoner.


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