Hermanville-sur-Mer

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Hermanville-sur-Mer
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
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 Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Douvres-la-Délivrande
Intercommunality 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)
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 Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 700 —    
1800 642 −8.3%
1806 784 +22.1%
1821 799 +1.9%
1831 847 +6.0%
1836 864 +2.0%
1841 844 −2.3%
1846 879 +4.1%
1851 878 −0.1%
1856 822 −6.4%
1861 821 −0.1%
1866 776 −5.5%
1872 801 +3.2%
1876 790 −1.4%
1881 778 −1.5%
1886 715 −8.1%
1891 746 +4.3%
1896 705 −5.5%
1901 702 −0.4%
1906 722 +2.8%
1911 747 +3.5%
1921 673 −9.9%
1926 612 −9.1%
1931 630 +2.9%
1936 630 +0.0%
1946 882 +40.0%
1954 1,037 +17.6%
1962 1,065 +2.7%
1968 1,160 +8.9%
1975 1,312 +13.1%
1982 1,753 +33.6%
1990 2,113 +20.5%
1999 2,661 +25.9%
2008 2,708 +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 Sword Beach, 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 Mechanised Division. 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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