Ver-sur-Mer

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Ver-sur-Mer
Commune
A prewar house in Ver-sur-Mer
A prewar house in Ver-sur-Mer
Coat of arms of Ver-sur-Mer
Coat of arms
Ver-sur-Mer is located in France
Ver-sur-Mer
Ver-sur-Mer
Location within Normandy region
Ver-sur-Mer is located in Normandy
Ver-sur-Mer
Ver-sur-Mer
Coordinates: 49°19′55″N 0°31′42″W / 49.3319°N 0.5283°W / 49.3319; -0.5283Coordinates: 49°19′55″N 0°31′42″W / 49.3319°N 0.5283°W / 49.3319; -0.5283
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentCalvados
ArrondissementBayeux
CantonCourseulles-sur-Mer
IntercommunalityBessin, Seulles et Mer
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Philippe Onillon
Area19.01 km2 (3.48 sq mi)
Population (2014)21,589
 • Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code14739 /14114
Elevation0–56 m (0–184 ft)
(avg. 42 m or 138 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.

Ver-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department and Normandy region of north-western France. It is situated at the eastern end of Gold Beach between Arromanches and Courseulles. The town lies 20 km north-west of Caen and 14 km north-east of Bayeux.

As well as its beach, the village has a bakery, pony club, sailing club, shrimp fishery, small supermarket, tennis court, and youth hostel. It is also home to the America Gold Beach Museum.

The seafront promenade (Boulevard de la Plage)

Ver-sur-Mer lighthouse, still active today, was built in 1908 on the heights above the beach. During World War II, Canadian troops swiftly seized the lighthouse; however, it was badly damaged and had to be restored after the end of the war. Ver-sur-Mer's church, which was constructed between the 10th and 12th centuries, is dedicated to Saint Martin.

The wreckage of Byrd's aircraft

Richard Evelyn Byrd[edit]

On 1 July 1927, Commander Richard Evelyn Byrd was forced to crash land his plane, America, in the sea off Ver-sur-Mer after his attempt at the first mail-carrying flight across the Atlantic failed.

Sexton self-propelled 25 pounder gun on display at Ver-sur-Mer

D-Day[edit]

On 6 June 1944, D-Day, the British 50th Infantry Division landed at Ver-sur-Mer as part of the Normandy Landings invasion, Operation Overlord.


Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962623—    
1968580−6.9%
1975701+20.9%
1982966+37.8%
19901,359+40.7%
19991,307−3.8%
20081,565+19.7%
20141,589+1.5%

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