Hermanville-sur-Mer

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Hermanville-sur-Mer
Commune
WW II British cemetery
WW II British cemetery
Coat of arms of Hermanville-sur-Mer
Coat of arms
Hermanville-sur-Mer is located in France
Hermanville-sur-Mer
Hermanville-sur-Mer
Location within Normandy region
Hermanville-sur-Mer is located in Normandy
Hermanville-sur-Mer
Hermanville-sur-Mer
Coordinates: 49°17′02″N 0°18′50″W / 49.284°N 0.3138°W / 49.284; -0.3138Coordinates: 49°17′02″N 0°18′50″W / 49.284°N 0.3138°W / 49.284; -0.3138
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Ouistreham
Intercommunality CU Caen la Mer
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Lelandais
Area1 8.05 km2 (3.11 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,708
 • Density 340/km2 (870/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 14325 /14880
Elevation 3–59 m (9.8–193.6 ft)
(avg. 25 m or 82 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Hermanville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1793700—    
1800642−8.3%
1806784+22.1%
1821799+1.9%
1831847+6.0%
1836864+2.0%
1841844−2.3%
1846879+4.1%
1851878−0.1%
1856822−6.4%
1861821−0.1%
1866776−5.5%
1872801+3.2%
1876790−1.4%
1881778−1.5%
1886715−8.1%
1891746+4.3%
1896705−5.5%
1901702−0.4%
1906722+2.8%
1911747+3.5%
1921673−9.9%
1926612−9.1%
1931630+2.9%
1936630+0.0%
1946882+40.0%
19541,037+17.6%
19621,065+2.7%
19681,160+8.9%
19751,312+13.1%
19821,753+33.6%
19902,113+20.5%
19992,661+25.9%
20082,708+1.8%

Sights[edit]

  • 13th century church
  • Commonwealth war cemetery
  • Old village center
  • Villa la Bluette, an 1899 villa by architect Hector Guimard
  • Villa La Houle
  • Manoir de Prébois

Normandy landings[edit]

The beach of Hermanville, part of the area codenamed Sword, was one of the targets of Operation Overlord on 6 June 1944. The Cod German stronghold was located on the coast. A Norwegian destroyer, the HNoMS Svenner, sank in front of Hermanville.

The sector at Hermanville was known as Queen Beach where elements of the British 3rd Division landed. The South Lancashire Regiment landed on Queen White and East Yorkshire Regiment on Queen Red, by 10:00 the village had been cleared. Offshore from Hermanville a Gooseberry was established, this consisted of a breakwater formed with ships sunk into position, including the French battleship Courbet.

Twin towns[edit]

Hermanville is twinned with:

Personalities[edit]

Hermanville-sur-Mer was the birthplace of:

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