This house decorated with the national flag of Canada stands on the seafront in Bernières-sur-Mer, Normandy. A plaque in front of the house explains that the house was amongst the first, or possibly, the first to be liberated by allied troops on D-Day. As you will see below Canadian forces played a significant role in the D-Day landings.
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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Royaldevon (41857) 2012-09-06 0:49
I found the notes poignant and interesting.
You have composed this well, the fence emerging from the bottom l/h corner and leading to the flower-surrounded memorial and, later, to the attractive house, with its flag decorations.
Despite the lack of good light, your shot is sharp with well saturated colours.
Have a lovely day,
trevormoffiet (3112) 2012-09-06 1:31
A well composed image of this historical house. Great detail and nice touch of reds in different parts of the image. After inspecting the image I found that my eyes were drawn to settle on the small scene through the arch as though it is a picture within a picture.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-09-06 3:08
a fascinating history to this wonderful house. Like your composition that brings together all the elements so beautifully. Executed flawlessly and full of character and elegance.
Regards - Brian.
Nicou (148566) 2012-09-06 4:49
quelle belle maison avec ces drapeaux colorés et la barrière sueprbe cadrage et captage quelle architecture fantastique compo.
Bravo et amitié
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-09-06 5:10
A nice composition of this historical house with a very informative note. The gray sky makes a nice color contrast against te soft colors of the building. The flag makes a nice decoration. A sharp image with good colors.
Sergiom (86105) 2012-09-06 6:03
Une magnifique maison à colombages typique de la Normandie. Le point de vue la met bien en valeur et je suis toujours très fier du drapeau canadien.
gildasjan (43824) 2012-09-06 7:49
Une belle villa de bord de mer de la bonne époque.Ce drapeau canadien claque bien dans cette image.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-06 8:21
a superb photo of this historical place, the composition is attractive and I like the dramatic clouds. Beautiful photo work, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Ps: Thank you for your kind words to my 1700th post
jlbrthnn (76039) 2012-09-06 8:51
Un histoire passionnante de cet endroit, très bien illustrée par la photo. Le cadrage est efficace. La lumière, les couleurs et la netteté sont excellentes. Bravo.
Fis2 (104024) 2012-09-06 13:39
Good POV and composition.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-09-06 17:34
Nice shot despite the cloudy day, Stephen, and of an interesting and overlooked historical moment. Nicely framed and saturated - the flags stand out brilliantly (really, all the reds here are vibrant) as well as the greens around the house.
npecanhuk (76985) 2012-09-06 19:23
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
dkmurphys (62903) 2012-09-07 1:08
Well, this is a superb building with attractive architecture and a charming wooden fence. Well seen, enjoy a fine weekend.
macjake (71067) 2012-09-07 9:46
A wonderful Tribute to the fallen Canadian Soldiers.
Being Canadian, I'm fully aware of the story written in your note below.
what can I say
Thank You for this historic posting
Silvio1953 (150363) 2012-09-07 13:18
Ciao Stephen, great view of beautiful building, interesting note, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
williewhistler (16412) 2012-09-07 13:20
Hello Steven,an interesting note to accompany an equally interesting building,the subdued tones suiting the image very well.
delpeoples (59440) 2012-09-07 23:56
Salut cher Stephen
Having just watched a documentary on D Day, this photo has cropped up very opportunely. How fascinating that it was the first liberated and how fitting that it should wave all the flags of the countries who participated in that liberation. The grey sky contrasts well against the colourful house and flags. The sharpness is admirable and I like how you positioned the house slightly off-centre. Great work.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
jhm (157948) 2012-09-08 0:59
I have to tommorow toward a meeting with a Canadian people about the WAR II here in Belgium, Canadians one of our liberators during WAR II with a lot victims.
A splendid house with the Canadian flag as real eye catcher.
Excellent perspective and depth image.
Sharpness and colors are perfect.
Very well detailed image. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
mauro61 (52857) 2012-09-08 15:37
un pezzo triste di storia che questa casa continua a conservare negli anni.
Ricordo questi cieli sempre carichi di nuvole che ottimamente presenti con la casa protagonista,
Graal (103038) 2012-09-11 6:25
an interesting architecture of house and additional decorative elements. Well informations in note about this place in 1944. Good photowork and remind of historic moments.
Have a nice day.
Kielia (24077) 2012-09-11 6:31
this is a very interesting photo in the best spirit of TE! I read your note with great interest.
Excellent photo work, this image is thoroughly composed, and the perspective is excellent. My compliments!
emka (104268) 2012-09-11 23:52
Hi Stephen, Nice place of historic importance. Nice composition and pleasant colours aven in the cloudy day. interesting and informative note.
pierrefonds (69835) 2012-09-12 7:40
The fence and the trees are helping to frame the scen. The point of view is allowing me to distinguish the details and colors of the aqrchitecture of the house. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. I like the canadian flag. Have a nice day.
thebest (4276) 2012-12-15 22:37
I hope to be visiting Normandy next year - It looks like this house is the home of two families - the brown gate & the white gate ...
Excellent notes & content of your photo are very interesting.
Noel_Byrne (33090) 2013-04-13 9:04
What a house, and what a memorial! It is fantastic to see the Canadian flag still flying high and proud like this. A beautiful place indeed. I really like you composition of the shot too, the building occupies a perfect part of the frame and feels almost 3D.
Periko (6122) 2017-01-11 21:07
Beautiful house, with interesting history and a charming architectural style.
The Canadian flag was different in those days!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (104799)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-00
- Categories: Architecture, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-06 0:38