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Trun, Orne

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Trun, Orne


Coordinates: 48°50′38″N 0°02′02″E / 48.8438°N 0.0338°E / 48.8438; 0.0338Coordinates: 48°50′38″N 0°02′02″E / 48.8438°N 0.0338°E / 48.8438; 0.0338

Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Trun
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de la Vallée de la Dives
 • Mayor (1989–current) Jacques Prigent
 • Land1 9.12 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 1,307
 • Population2 density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 61494006 / 61160200
Elevation 77–151 m (253–495 ft)
(avg. 81 m or 266 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.

Trun is a commune in the Orne département and the region of Basse-Normandie in north-western France.



During the Battle of Normandy, Trun was a key position in the Falaise Pocket.After the village of Chambois was taken by the American forces, only a small village was left for the evacuation of the Seventh army and the remnants of the armies in France to escape to Germany. However, because of fierce and relentless Allies attack on the village, including bombing raids, the village was secured several days after. One soldier has said"10000 died, forty thousand loyal German troops were captured, but because of the bravery at Trun, many more escaped". The Germans fought very hard to keep the passage open for as long as possible to let others escape. But because of relentless Allies bombing and assaults, the village finally falls and the Falaise Pocket was closed.


List of Mayors
Start End Name Party Profession
1989 current Jacques Prigent Independent - Left Lawyer


Historical population of Trun, Orne
(Source : INSEE[1])
Year 1962196819751982199019992006
Population 1,3371,3781,3441,3991,2301,3071,325
From the year 1962 on: population without double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.


Ruins and monuments

Aerial photography has revealed the trace of a Gallo-Roman habitat. In the 19th century a Merovingian dynasty necropolis was discovered.

Personalities associated with Trun

Further reading

Notes and references

This article incorporates information from the revision as of 8 April 2009 of the equivalent article on the français World Heritage Encyclopedia.
  • INSEE commune file

See also

External links

  • Official site of the Commune of Trun (in French)
  • Trun from times past (in French, but mostly images)
  • Trun on the French National Geogra[phical Institute website (in French)
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