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Subject: Communes of the Orne department, Arrondissement of Argentan, Serlo (bishop of Sées)
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Coordinates: 48°48′44″N 0°02′48″E / 48.8122°N 0.0467°E / 48.8122; 0.0467Coordinates: 48°48′44″N 0°02′48″E / 48.8122°N 0.0467°E / 48.8122; 0.0467

Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Trun
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de la Vallée de la Dives
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Fernande Famechon
 • Land1 12.40 km2 (4.79 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 306
 • Population2 density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 61490 / 61160
Elevation 80–195 m (262–640 ft)
(avg. 107 m or 351 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Tournai-sur-Dive is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France.


Tournai-sur Dives during the Second World War

At the centre of the Falaise Pocket, the small village of TOURNAI- sur- DIVES took a very important part in the outcome of the Battle of Normandy. Just 23 inhabitants stayed in their village with the priest of the commune (parish): l'Abbé Launay. Some German soldiers lived there as well with their officer. Everybody was exhausted due to the heat of July and the non-stop bombing of the Allies. Finally, the priest and the German officer decided to both go the Canadian and Polish battle line near Trun and ask to surrender. They travelled in a tank bearing the red cross and white flag. However, German officer became afraid to meet Polish soldiers because of their reputation of not taking prisoners,so they changed their objective and went to the American unit in Chambois. There, Americans kept the German officer as hostage and the abbey returned to Tournai-sur-Dives where all the Germans gave themselves up. It was the very first day of the end of the Battle of Normandy; 21 August 1944.[1]

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