Avranches is a town in the Manche department, of which it is a sous-préfecture. The 'Avranches breakthrough' in World War II began on 31 July 1944, and was led by General George Patton.


Avranches is situated at the southern end of the Cotentin Peninsula on the main road connecting Caen with Brittany. And because the town was founded on high ground, overlooking the coastal marshes, it is possible to see the Mont Saint Michel quite clearly from many parts of the town.

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