First came a period of German occupation; this was followed by the Resistance and, finally, an end to the hostilities. It was then time for Reconstruction. In architectural, but also political terms. This is how the decision to create a European union came to be made from the early 1950s.
Occupation and Resistance
Learn what life was like during the Occupation and Resistance in the Manche département.
On the night of 5 June 1944, parachutist and bombing operations began. Find out the events associated with the Normandy Landings.
Reconstruction efforts in the Manche, through the emblematic example of the town of Saint-Lô, nicknamed "Capital of Ruins".