Villers-Bocage, Calvados

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Villers-Bocage
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Villers-Bocage
Coat of arms
Villers-Bocage is located in France
Villers-Bocage
Villers-Bocage
Coordinates: 49°05′N 0°40′W / 49.08°N 0.66°W / 49.08; -0.66Coordinates: 49°05′N 0°40′W / 49.08°N 0.66°W / 49.08; -0.66
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Villers-Bocage
Intercommunality Villers-Bocage Intercom
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Xavier Lebrun
Area1 5.76 km2 (2.22 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 2,963
 • Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14752 / 14310
Elevation 95–217 m (312–712 ft)
(avg. 170 m or 560 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.

Villers-Bocage is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in Northern France.

History[edit]

Second World War[edit]

The Battle of Villers-Bocage was a significant battle between British and German forces on 13 June 1944 during the Battle of Normandy. Further fighting occurred two weeks later during Operation Epsom, during which the village was destroyed by 250 RAF heavy bombers.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,121 —    
1800 1,010 −9.9%
1806 1,223 +21.1%
1821 1,177 −3.8%
1831 1,178 +0.1%
1836 1,178 +0.0%
1841 1,146 −2.7%
1846 1,134 −1.0%
1851 1,127 −0.6%
1856 1,105 −2.0%
1861 1,156 +4.6%
1866 1,155 −0.1%
1872 1,147 −0.7%
1876 1,139 −0.7%
1881 1,084 −4.8%
1886 1,147 +5.8%
1891 1,057 −7.8%
1896 1,104 +4.4%
1901 1,047 −5.2%
1906 1,073 +2.5%
1911 1,141 +6.3%
1921 1,039 −8.9%
1926 1,060 +2.0%
1931 1,093 +3.1%
1936 1,202 +10.0%
1946 743 −38.2%
1954 1,431 +92.6%
1962 1,825 +27.5%
1968 1,985 +8.8%
1975 2,317 +16.7%
1982 2,623 +13.2%
1990 2,845 +8.5%
1999 2,904 +2.1%
2008 2,963 +2.0%

International relations[edit]

The commune is twinned with:

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