Bernières-sur-Mer is a French commune, located in the department of Calvados and Basse-Normandie region. In 2008 it had a population of 2351 inhabitants known as Bernièrais. A seaside town, it is sited on the Côte de Nacre some seventeen kilometres (ten miles) east of Caen.
During the Allied landings in Normandy in June 1944, Bernières-sur-Mer was in the Nan sector of Juno Beach, the second heaviest fortified beach after Omaha Beach. German General Wilhelm Richter commanded the 716th Division guarding the region with eleven 155mm guns and nine 75 mm. The taking of this area was assigned to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division commanded by Major General Rodney Keller. Major Keller died in 1954 during a visit to Normandy.
On 6 June 1944, with the commando Kieffer, Le Régiment de la Chaudière was the only francophone regiment to participate in the Normandy landings. Commanded by Lieutenant Paul Mathieu of Quebec, the French-Canadian regiment landed at Bernières-sur-Mer after the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and surprised the locals who did not expect to meet French-speaking troops. At the end of the next day, the Canadian Forces, (21500 men, excluding losses) met up with the British forces who had taken Sword Beach. Canadian casualties (dead, wounded, missing) were about a thousand.
A part of the village along the beachfront was reconstructed after the Second World War. The historic part of the village around the church, which lies slightly further inland survived largely unscathed. The commune was designated a "commune touristique" in September 2010.
The above information was extracted and freely translated from an article about the commune on the French Wikipedea site.
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Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-05 1:16
a beautiful photo of this lovely square and I like the composition and the attractive details, nostalgic and peaceful atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
jhm (122490) 2012-09-05 3:19
A quiet place with all the Frence flags, and one woman on background.
Sharpness and colors are amazing.
Excellent of composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
timecapturer (30394) 2012-09-05 5:36
what a charming little place and you have captured it so exquisitely. A superb choice of viewpoint and so perfectly detailed. The subtle light and pastel shades just make the tricolours so more prominent and compelling. Excellent!
Regards - Brian.
Sergiom (39336) 2012-09-05 5:54
Une très belle construction d'image.Le regard suit naturellement les pavés dans l'image, ce qui lui donne de la profondeur. Les drapeaux français sont vraiment à l'honneur.
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-09-05 8:56
Cinq drapeaux pour affirmer la présence française, quel orgueil! ;) La composition utilise habilement Les lignes du pavage. La lumière est bonne, les couleurs sont agréables. Très bonne netteté. Bravo.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-09-05 11:04
A nice place with quiet atmosphere. The flags grab the attention. Like the colored shutters. Nice small garden with lovely flowers. A sharp image with nice architecture.
mauro61 (52527) 2012-09-05 14:01
ampia inquadratura della piazza con il verde e le bandiere come punti di attrazione visiva.
Avrei dato un punto di nero in più per definire megio la scena,
Fis2 (73146) 2012-09-05 14:20
Good frame and colrs.
The flags add savor of photo.
pierrefonds (48387) 2012-09-05 17:20
The wideness of the park is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the hiuses and of the buildings. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
Silvio1953 (98259) 2012-09-06 0:28
Ciao Stephen, lovely composition with beautiful flags, splendid light and nice buildings, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (36857) 2012-09-06 1:10
I like the calm atmosphere in that small old town. Specific French image, well taken.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (45018) 2012-09-08 16:01
Salut cher Stephen
A beautiful scene across the green. This little town is so quaint. The colours are really luminous considering the overcast conditions and the line of flags make a nice graphism. Thanks for sharing.
Have a lovely Sunday
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (67430)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-05 0:29