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The last stage of the Battle of Normandy took place between Falaise and Chamois from 19 to 22 August 1944. Now known as the Falaise-Chambois Pocket, this stage of the battle saw Allied troops surrounding the 5th and 7th German Armies. After a desperate fight they surrendered and opened the road to Paris and Germany to the Allies.

This dreadful battle saw the death of more than 10,000 soldiers and civilians. The countryside was ravaged, farms destroyed and bodies of livestock lay among the human dead. The memorial is built on Hill 262 where the most violent of the fighting took place. It is there in memory of those who gave their lives for the liberation of France and the rest of Europe, notably the Polish First Armoured Division, whose role in the battle was key to the Allied victory. The exhibition includes a sound and light show, a model of the battlefield and films of the survivors and their memories.

A visit to the memorial, with a guide, will give you an understanding of the Falaise-Chambois Pocket and ensures that the immense loss of life there will never be forgotten.

August 1944 Tour
Following the classification of the Couloir de la Mort (Corridor of Death) as a National Monument, the Montormel Memorial together with the surrounding local government organisations decided to put together an August 1944 tour. It is 25 kilometres long and goes through Chambois, Aubry-en-Exmes, Tourney sur Dives, Moissy, St Lambert sur Dives, Coudehard and Montormel, all key points in the campaign, many with memorials to the fallen. Various panels en route explain the stages of the battle and show you what it was like then, though nothing can really get over the scale of the fighting that took place here, particularly now that nature the land has gone back to nature.

opening Opening hours Jours d'ouverture Jours de fermeture
From 02/01/2020 To 31/03/2020 de 10h00 à 17h00 non communiqué Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
From 01/04/2020 To 30/04/2020 de 10h00 à 17h00 non communiqué Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
From 01/06/2020 To 31/08/2020 de 09h30 à 12h00 et de 13h30 à 18h00 non communiqué Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
From 01/09/2020 To 31/10/2020 de 10h00 à 17h00 non communiqué Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
From 01/11/2020 To 31/03/2021 de 10h00 à 17h00 non communiqué Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday

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ContactAddress : Les Hayettes 61160 MONT-ORMEL
Phone : 02 33 67 38 61
Email : memorial.montormel@orange.fr
Website : http://www.memorial-montormel.org
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