Friday, March 26, 2010


Colleville-Montgomery is a "commune" in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northern France and, as far as I know, the only municipality in the world with a beret in it's shield of arms (correct me if I am wrong, please). 

From the commune's web site:

The momentous events of June 6th, 1944 transformed Colleville-sur-Orne from an unassuming village on the plateau to the north of Caen into Colleville-Montgomery, the celebrated site where Commandant Kieffer's French commando landed on the D-Day beach alongside the Allies.
Since those times, the village has continued to develop and grow...
Today, proud of its cultural and historical heritage and its unspoilt natural environment, the village offers visitors who stop by both the simple pleasures of the seaside and the charms of the countryside.
Statue of 'Monty' at Colleville-Montgomery, Calvados, France (close to 'Sword Beach'). In September 1944 Field Marshal Montgomery decorated Corporal Jim 'Marra' McGuinness with the Military Medal for his part in the attack on Merville Battery, D-Day 6 June 1944.

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