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Trun Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 18 photos

A marker on the landscape of WW2 History

We had been to Trun before - many years ago but had little memory of it.
We approached - driving through undulating countryside - on mainly straight and flat roads, bordered by recently harvested fields where birds occupied the stubble.
We were on our way to Vimoutiers via the Montormel Memorial. It was only when we passed the old fashioned marker standing at a cross road that it hit us - We were travelling the road of the encirclement towards the infamous" Couloir de la mort".
This corridor of death led to the Battleground in which the Occupying Army found themselves trapped by advancing Canadian, Polish, French, British and American Forces which succeeded in closing the Falaise Gap.
So began the beginning of the Liberation of France and the end of the war in Europe.

A new little town - seen anew with older eyes.

As we came into the main square, the old market place, now called Place de General de Gaulle, but with a corner close to the war memorial named Place du Canada, something felt not quite right, just a bit strange.
Too many newish buildings,many restored in traditional style - too few really old.
Atop the war memorial stood a French soldier in battle dress of WW1, and everywhere all around, flowers.
As we walked to the memorial and read the names and inscriptions on the base, particularly those of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division of the First Canadian Army, we began to realise something of what this old town must have suffered.
Later that day in the museum at Caudehard-MontMorel we saw pictures of the destruction wreaked on Trun - not only by the battling land forces but also by the falling bombs of the supporting Allied Airforces.

For some remarkable accounts and pictures of those days see -


The text is in French, but if you do not read French there are many photographs, specially on the chapters headed "Histoire" and "1944".

Moving on

It was lunchtime as we walked around the deserted streets and squares. The colourful flower displays and sunshine, combined with the silence to create a profound sense of sadness for that terrible recent past.

But the proudly reconstructed public buildings were a defiant reminder that people too move on.
We sat at a small pavement cafe where a group of women were finishing their lunch and had our own cheerfully served cheese salads and a cup of cider. Just and ordinary day in a not so ordinary town.

  • Last visit to Trun: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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