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Coat of arms of Ranville
Coat of arms
Ranville is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Cabourg
Intercommunality Campagne et Baie de L'Orne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Luc Adélaïde
Area1 8.42 km2 (3.25 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,703
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14530 / 14860
Elevation 1–49 m (3.3–160.8 ft)
(avg. 26 m or 85 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.

Ranville is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.

Ranville was the first French village liberated on D-Day. The village was liberated by the British 13th Parachute Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Luard. The château du Heaume in the village was subsequently used by the headquarters of the British 6th Airborne Division.

The village features heavily in the book "13 - Lucky For Some" which is about the history of the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion. There are many then and now photographs as well as maps and diagrams of battles that took place in the region.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 883 —    
1968 1,005 +13.8%
1975 1,519 +51.1%
1982 1,690 +11.3%
1990 1,681 −0.5%
1999 1,896 +12.8%
2008 1,703 −10.2%



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