Foucarville

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Foucarville
The church of Saint-Lô
The church of Saint-Lô
Location of Foucarville
Foucarville is located in France
Foucarville
Foucarville
Foucarville is located in Normandy
Foucarville
Foucarville
Coordinates: 49°26′33″N 1°15′20″W / 49.4425°N 1.2556°W / 49.4425; -1.2556Coordinates: 49°26′33″N 1°15′20″W / 49.4425°N 1.2556°W / 49.4425; -1.2556
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentManche
ArrondissementCherbourg
CantonCarentan
CommuneSainte-Mère-Église
Area
1
5.06 km2 (1.95 sq mi)
Population
 (2006)
135
 • Density27/km2 (69/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
50480
Elevation1–32 m (3.3–105.0 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Foucarville is a former commune in the Manche department in north-western France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the commune of Sainte-Mère-Église.[1]

Following World War II, for 21 months, tens of thousands of Nazi POWs were detained at an Allied prison camp in Foucarville. Officially called the Continental Prisoner of War Enclosure Number 19, it encompassed 306 acres, was powered by hydroelectric power and diesel generators, 2 hospitals, 50 kitchens serving 5 mess halls, 10 workshops, 4 churches 2 theaters and a soccer field. The last prisoners were re-integrated into society at the camp's close on December 31, 1948.[2]

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  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 2 December 2015 (in French)
  2. ^ Stoffer, Jeff. “The Compassionate Prison Camp.” The American Legion, 20 Feb. 2018, www.legion.org/magazine/241275/compassionate-prison-camp.