Immerse yourself in the story of D-Day!


Learn about daily life for the local population during the dark years of the German Occupation.

On June 18, 1940, the German soldiers of the 7th Panzer Division led by Erwin Rommel enter the town of Sainte Marie du Mont. This marks the beginning of four years of deprivation, intimidation, and requisitions.

Referring to these dark years, local resident and founder of the Museum Michel de Vallavieille would recall, “We had a miserable life, a life that become increasingly harder and more miserable as time went by.”

Oral histories, artifacts, and personal documents attest to the difficulty of life under occupation.

Cotentin sous l'occupation