Ouistreham


Ouistreham

Ouistreham

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Ouistreham locks
Coat of arms of Ouistreham
Ouistreham is located in France
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Ouistreham
Administration
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Ouistreham
Mayor André Ledran
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 12 m (39 ft) avg.
Land area1 9.95 km2 (3.84 sq mi)
Population2 9,322  (2008)
 - Density 937 /km2 (2,430 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14488/ 14150
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.

Coordinates: 49°16′48″N 0°15′26″W / 49.28°N 0.257222222222°W / 49.28; -0.257222222222

Ouistreham is a commune in the Calvados department' in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.

Ouistreham is a small port with fishing boats, leisure craft and a ferry-harbour. It serves as the port of the city of Caen. The town is about the mouth of the Canal de Caen à la Mer.

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History

The name Ouistreham derives from ouistre - 'oyster' and Saxon ham= 'village'. It has been a trading port since the Middle Ages. The harbour is now a part of "Port de Caen-Ouistreham". Ouistreham is pronounced Wee-ss-tram.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, it is a bathing beach on the "Riva Bella".

On 6 June 1944, No. 4 Commando landed at Ouistreham (Sword Beach) and fought their way to Pegasus Bridge, with the 177 Free French of the No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando given the honour of spearheading the advance.[1] The assault on Ouistreham was featured in the movie The Longest Day, although the film location for Ouistreham was actually at Port-en-Bessin.

German battery in Ouistreham, fitted with the turret of a Renault FT-17 tank.

Population

Historical population of Ouistreham
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851 1856
854 796 1050 1104 1162 1149 1359 1194 1133 1221
1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896 1901 1906
1259 1243 1249 1196 1222 1206 1194 1354 1688 1523
1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954 1962 1968 1975
1574 2013 2220 2584 2790 3527 4342 4780 5223 6140
1982 1990 1999 2008
6310 6709 8674 9322

Tourist sites

  • Museum of the Atlantic Wall
  • Musée du Débarquement n° 4 Commando (museum)
  • Der Grosse Bunker (French: Le Grand Bunker) is an old German bunker from WW2 that was captured by the British in the D-Day invasion

Transportation

The port of Ouistreham has a scheduled cross-Channel ferry service to Portsmouth, operated by Brittany Ferries.

Twin towns

Ouistreham is twinned with the West Sussex village of Angmering in England; also with Braine-l'Alleud in Belgium, and Lohr am Main in Germany.

See also

References

  1. ^ Dunning, James (2003). The Fighting Fourth - No. 4 Commando at War 1940-45. Stroud: Sutton Publishing. p. 133. ISBN 0-7509-3095-0. 



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