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January 2016

Civilian Victims of the Battle of Normandy

Battle of Normandy

Much resentment smoulders concerning the many civilian deaths during the Battle of Normandy in World War II. The need for secrecy meant that no French civilians could be warned and many, many died in the bombings and battles from the 6th of June to the 1st of September 1944. 

There is now a way to search among the names of the victims for your ancestor or relative. The Mémorial des Victimes Civiles concerns those who died in Upper and Lower Normandy. True to the French academic style, there are many statistical presentations concerning the victims. How many died per location, how many died per profession, and so on, as one would expect, for the website is the creation of the Centre de Recherche d'Histoire Quantitative.

The individual battles are described. Books written on the campaign are presented for sale. For the family researcher, of course, of most interest is the search facility, allowing a search by any of the following:

  • Surname
  • Forename
  • Maiden name
  • Place of birth
  • Place of death
  • Place of residence

Good site on a sad subject.

©2016 Anne Morddel

French Genealogy