St Valery En Caux

St Valery en Caux, on the Alabaster Coast in Seine Maritime was founded in the 7th century around the monastery founded by St Valery, and slumbered peacefully at the base of its huge chalk cliffs until June 1940, when a certain Erwin Rommel came to make the village a battleground.

The German troops fought the 51st Highland Regiment through the streets in a bloody battle, eventually defeating them. Four years later, it was the same regiment who liberated the village. In the local museum there are some excellent photographs illustrating these events, taken by Rommel's own photographer.

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