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Lessay (Manche)

The cities of Normandy during the 1944 battles

Liberation: July 27, 1944

Deployed units:

315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division

323rd Bombardment Group, 98th Combat Bomb Wing, 9th Bomber Command

830th Engineer Aviation Battalion

850th Engineer Aviation Battalion

877th Engineer Aviation Battalion

 243. Infanterie-Division

 353. Infanterie-Division


During the Occupation, the Germans used the airfield of the town of Lessay in favor of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force). The municipality is the target of violent aerial bombardments allied on 7 and 8 June 1944 in order to delay the advance of German reinforcements towards the landing beaches. The Abbey of Lessay, one of the oldest abbeys of Normandy founded in the 11th century is destroyed and its ruins collapse on 11 July, mined by the Germans.

On 24 July, the Americans launched Operation Cobra to pierce the front line south of the Cotentin: 1,600 bombers of the 8th U.S. Air Force are engaged and the launch of the ground offensive begins the next day. On the right flank of the starting base of the operation, the American units are instructed to fix the opponent to prevent it from containing the breakthrough.

On the morning of July 27, after an artillery preparation, the 315th Infantry Regiment (79th Infantry Division) commanded by Colonel Bernard B. McMahon began its advance towards Lessay. The regiment first bypassed the city by the west and then the attack back. The Americans seize it despite the resistance of the 243. Infantry Division reinforced by elements of the 353. Infantry Division. The Germans retreated south to avoid being surrounded by their opponents.

From 1 to 25 August 1944, the 830th Engineer Aviation Battalion (EAB), reinforced by the 850th EAB and 877th EAB, is working to rehabilitate and rebuild the airfield south-east of Lessay that the Germans destroyed and mined before retreating. Heavy work is done to level the ground and fill the many craters, while clearing the area of ​​many unexploded shells. The two runways of this ALG A-20 airfield are operational from August 25 to September 28, 1944 and are used by the 323rd Bombardment Group (98th Combat Bomb Wing, 9th Bomber Command).

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City of Lessay

The city of Lessay is a small town located north west of France. The city of Lessay is located in the department of Manche of the french region Basse-Normandie. The city of Lessay is located in the township of Lessay part of the district of Coutances. The area code for Lessay is 50267 (also known as code INSEE), and the Lessay zip code is 50430.

Geography and map of Lessay :

The altitude of the city hall of Lessay is approximately 10 meters. The Lessay surface is 22.23 km ². The latitude and longitude of Lessay are 49.22 degrees North and 1.531 degrees West. Nearby cities and towns of Lessay are : Créances (50710) at 3.16 km, Angoville-sur-Ay (50430) at 3.90 km, Vesly (50430) at 4.15 km, Saint-Germain-sur-Ay (50430) at 4.78 km, Pirou (50770) at 5.15 km, Laulne (50430) at 5.54 km, Mobecq (50250) at 5.96 km, La Feuillie (50190) at 6.24 km.
(The distances to these nearby towns of Lessay are calculated as the crow flies)

Population and housing of Lessay :

The population of Lessay was 1 768 in 1999, 2 021 in 2006 and 2 034 in 2007. The population density of Lessay is 91.50 inhabitants per km². The number of housing of Lessay was 934 in 2007. These homes of Lessay consist of 822 main residences, 70 second or occasional homes and 42 vacant homes.

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Bed and Breakfast : Chambre d'hotes La Montagne
Chambre d'hotes La Montagne is situated in Lessay, 43 km from Granville and 47 km from Cherbourg. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. The rooms...
Rate : from 42.00 € to 58.00 €
Address : 10 Route de la Montagne 50430 Lessay
Distance Bed and Breakfast - Lessay : 1.09 km

Guest accommodation : Holiday home Rue de la Conte
Holiday home Rue de la Conte is a holiday home with a barbecue, situated in Créances. The unit is 41 km from Granville. There is a seating area and a kitchen. A TV and game con...
Contact : 68 Rue de la Conte 50710 Créances
Distance Guest accommodation - Lessay : 2.90 km

Guest accommodation : Zoe
Located in Créances, Zoe offers water sports facilities, a garden and a barbecue. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to a fully equipped kitchen. Offering direct a...
Distance Guest accommodation - Lessay : 3.35 km

Guest accommodation : Ferienhaus Créances 401S
Hausteil (401) is set in Créances, 43 km from Granville. Cherbourg en Cotentin is 47 km away. The accommodation is fitted with a seating area. There is also a kitchen, fitted w...
Distance Guest accommodation - Lessay : 3.41 km

Guest accommodation : Ferienhaus Créances 402S
Hausteil (402) is situated in Créances, 43 km from Granville. Cherbourg en Cotentin is 47 km from the property. All units have a seating area. There is also a kitchen, fitted w...
Distance Guest accommodation - Lessay : 3.42 km

Guest accommodation : Holiday home La Cotentine
Located in Créances, Holiday home La Cotentine offers self-catering accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to a fully equipp...
Distance Guest accommodation - Lessay : 3.75 km

Bed and Breakfast : Le Mesnil de Creances
A 12th-century house set just outside the village of Créances, Le Mesnil de Creances offers B&B accommodation, free Wi-Fi in public areas, a terrace, BBQ facilities and continen...
Prices : from 65.00 € to 95.00 €
Address : 150 Rue de la Republique 50710 Créances
Distance Bed and Breakfast - Lessay : 3.84 km

Bed and Breakfast : Home 19
Home 19 is a renovated 18th-century barn, just 5 km from the beaches in Normandy, featuring a terrace and vegetable patch in the garden. Homemade cakes are included in the conti...
Rate : from 69.00 € to 125.00 €
Contact : 19 rue des Mézières 50430 Saint-Germain-sur-Ay
Distance Bed and Breakfast - Lessay : 3.89 km

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