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Oct 16, 2018 - Oradour-sur-Glane

A stop at Oradour-sur-Glane provided us with a stark reminder of the horrors of war. The largest massacre on French soil occurred there in June 1944 when Nazi SS troops shot and burned 642 men, women and children in revenge for the killing of a German officer. The whole village was then torched with the remains now a memorial and testament to the atrocities committed during WWII. Walking through the ghost town with scorched sewing machines, pots, pans, bikes and cars scattered amongst the ruins of homes, shops, garages and cafes definitely...

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Aug 11, 2014 - Oradour-Sur-Glane

The drive to Oradour-Sur-Glane (Oradour on the Glane river) was largely uneventful, save for us worrying about running out of petrol. The TomTom GPS I have took us the most direct route, which was via the back roads from Chenonceau directly to Oradour. This meant we avoided all the motorways, and subsequently all of the roadhouses we had expected. Never fear, we had a diesel car, which had hundreds of km left in the tank, even though we were under a quarter of a tank to go. Aside from that, we got to Oradour in the afternoon, about 3pm. It...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Oradour-Sur-Glane

Oradour-Sur-Glane is the site of a very moving and powerful WWII memorial. On June 10, 1944, four days after the Allies landed on the Normandy beaches, Nazi soldiers stormed the small village of Oradour-Sur-Glane in the Dordogne region of France. The women and children were put into the church and the men were rounded up in groups. The Nazis threw hand grenades into the groups and machined gunned everyone down. A total of 642 people were killed including 200 children. They then burned down the entire village. Five townspeople managed to...

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Feb 22, 2014 - Oradour-sur-Glane

Heading North again today. Drizzly start to the day. Decided to head for Oradour-sur-Glane about 130 miles to the North East of Bordeaux. It was the scene of a massacre by Nazi soldiers in 1944, apparently a whole village was rounded up & killed. It was the 70th anniversary last year & I saw some news coverage about it on TV. We stopped for lunch at Rochechouart on the way & got a close look at a fancy chateau which unfortunately was closed so we didn't get to go inside. Also apparently millions of years ago a massive meteorite 1.5km in...

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Nov 12, 2013 - Oradour-sur-Glane 10 June 1944

Today we visited Oradour sur Glane to visit the remains of the village where 642 men, women and children were massacred by a German Panzer division on the 10 June 1944 as a reprisal for attacks by the French maqisards(French resistance. On 10 June, Oradour-sur-Glane was sealed off and all the townspeople and people from the surrounding farms were ordered to assemble in the village square, ostensibly to have their identity papers examined. The men and women were separated with the men taken to six barns where machine guns had been set up....

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Apr 16, 2012 - Oradour

Left Nantes just before 10 am, Angela being driver. Took about 4 hours to Oradour, slow road but lovely views along the way. Spent a few hours in the museum and village where we discovered the horrors of 4th June 1944 for this sleepy village. From there we continued our journey south arriving just before 10 pm in Marmande. Long day, well done Angela that was some drive.

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