|Intercommunality||Campagne et Baie de L'Orne|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Luc Adélaïde|
|• Land1||8.42 km2 (3.25 sq mi)|
|• Population2 Density||200/km2 (520/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||14530 / 14860|
|Elevation||1–49 m (3.3–161 ft)
(avg. 26 m or 85 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.
|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (December 2008)|
Ranville was the first French village liberated on D-Day. The village was liberated by the British 13th Parachute Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Luard. The château du Heaume in the village was subsequently used by the headquarters of the British 6th Airborne Division.
The village features heavily in the book "13 - Lucky For Some" which is about the history of the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion. There are many then and now photographs as well as maps and diagrams of battles that took place in the region.
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