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 Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Aunay-sur-Odon
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)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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 Normandy 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.[1] 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:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniel Taylor: Villers-Bocage through the Lens. 1999, ISBN 978-1870067072.

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