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Chateau of Tournebu
Bény-sur-Mer is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Creully
Intercommunality Orival
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Hubert Delalande
Area1 6.65 km2 (2.57 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 333
 • Density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14062 / 14440
Elevation 10–65 m (33–213 ft)
(avg. 43 m or 141 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.

Bény-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.

World War II

Bény-sur-Mer was liberated on D-Day by Le Régiment de la Chaudière, a French Canadian unit. There was a gun battery located near the town at the time. The locals were surprised to have been liberated by fellow francophones, expecting only English-speaking troops.[1]

The Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, named after Bény-sur-Mer even though it is closer to Reviers, commemorates Canadian losses suffered on D-Day 1944 and subsequent battles early in World War II. The cemetery has 2,049 headstones.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 296 —    
1968 288 −2.7%
1975 272 −5.6%
1982 270 −0.7%
1990 278 +3.0%
1999 316 +13.7%
2008 333 +5.4%

See also


  1. Beevor, Antony (2009). D-Day: The Battle for Normandy. New York; Toronto: Viking. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-670-02119-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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