Gdyel

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Gdyel
Commune and town
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Gdyel is located in Algeria
Gdyel
Gdyel
Coordinates: 35°46′56″N 0°25′25″W / 35.782171°N 0.423746°W / 35.782171; -0.423746
Country  Algeria
Province Oran Province
District Gdyel District
Area
 • Total 36.22 sq mi (93.82 km2)
Population (2009)
 • Total 39,129
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

Gdyel (Arabic: قديل‎), former Saint-Cloud, is a town and commune in District Gdyel, Oran Province, Algeria, about 15 miles to the east of Oran. Under French rule, it was the centre of a wine-growing district and was called St. Cloud.

According to the 1998 census it has a population of 29 999.[1]

When the Americans invaded Algeria in November 1942 (Operation Torch), the troops who landed at Beach Z, between Arzew and St. Leu (now called Bethioua) were held up for two days by fierce fighting at St. Cloud. Eventually, the town was simply by-passed by Major-General Terry de La Mesa Allen, which surprised the defenders of Oran, who quickly surrendered.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statoids
  2. ^ Colin Smith, England's Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-1942, ISBN, 0297852183, 2009

Coordinates: 35°47′N 0°26′W / 35.783°N 0.433°W / 35.783; -0.433

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