Falaise

Falaise, in the department of Calvados, was the birthplace of William the Conqueror, and gives its name to an important engagement of the Second World War (“the Falaise Pocket”). During the Allied reconquest of France in August 1944 which two German armies were encircled and destroyed by the British 2nd Army. Some 10,000 German troops were killed and 50,000 taken prisoner. Two-thirds of Falaise was destroyed by Allied bombing before the town was taken by Canadian and Polish troops, and the town was largely restored after the war.

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Today it is a pleasant small town partially circled by a ringroad, on the roundabouts of which are distinctive sculptural figures of knights, presumably protecting the town from further invasion.




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