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Saint Aubin sur Mer, Calvados

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Country  France
Department  Calvados
Canton  Douvres-la-Délivrande
Area  3.03 km²
Population  1,810 (1999)
Region  Normandy
Arrondissement  Caen
Intercommunality  Cœur de Nacre
Local time  Tuesday 5:20 PM
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Weather  16°C, Wind SW at 18 km/h, 66% Humidity

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.


Map of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France


Up until July 1851, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer was part of the commune of Langrune-sur-Mer. Upon its creation in 1851, Saint-Aubin had a population of 1,153 and Langrune 1,129. During the second half of the 19th century, the population of Saint-Aubin declined to the point that in 1901, there were only 727 inhabitants. In July 1876, a train station was opened in Saint-Aubin along the Caen à la mer line, permitting the development of a sea resort. During the 20th century, the population more than doubled.

World War II

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is located at the eastern end of Nan Sector of Juno Beach, one of the landing sites on D-Day, at the beginning of the Battle of Normandy, during World War II. On D-Day the infantry of the North Shore Regiment of New Brunswick stormed the beach, and were backed up by the armour of the Fort Garry Horse (also known as the 10th Armoured Regiment). Le Régiment de la Chaudière of Quebec came ashore in reserve. About 100 defenders garrisoned the town and they were largely unaffected by the preparatory barrage. As such they were able to put up heavy resistance at the beach and in the town as the Canadians pushed inland.

Literary associations

  • Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is the setting of Robert Browning's poem Red Cotton Night-Cap Country, where it is renamed Saint-Rambert.
  • In this picturesque seaside town Émile Zola wrote his novel about the underbelly of Paris society, L'Assommoir. It turned him into a literary star. More here plus pics.
  • Activities

  • Every summer in the middle of August, Saint-Aubin hosts a week-long festival called La semaine acadienne, composed of concerts by musical groups from Acadia, a Tintamarre, an open-air ball, exhibitions, documentary film showings, etc. The festival also pays tribute to the Acadian soldiers of the North Shore Regiment of New Brunswick who landed on the beach of Saint-Aubin on June 6, 1944.
  • International relations

    The commune is twinned with:

  • Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada - many soldiers that died in Saint-Aubin were from there
  • Emsworth in Hampshire, England
  • References

    Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Calvados Wikipedia