On August 1, 1944, the first Americans to arrive at Mont Saint-Michel were journalists in a Jeep, welcomed as liberators. The first German soldiers had arrived to the Mont on June 18, 1940, and the village had been occupied by German forces ever since.
The abbey was used as a watchtower, and for four years, the local population had to adapt to rationing and restrictions, made even more challenging by the unique location of Mont Saint-Michel.
Video 1: Porte du Boulevard, July 1, 2021.
Photo 2: An American soldier entering the Porte on August 1, 1944.
Photo 3: The cloister at the abbaye Mont Saint-Michel, July 1, 2021.
Photo 4: German soldiers in the cloister.
Photo 5: The Salle des Hôtes, July 1, 2021.
Photo 6: German soldiers posing in front of the grande fireplace.
Photo 7: On the terrace of the abbaye, overlooking the bay, July 1, 2021.
Photo 8: Luftwaffe airmen scan the horizon from the Terrasse de l’Ouest.
Photo 9: The main promenade of Mont Saint-Michel, July 1, 2021
Photo 10: A adjutant leading his troop past the Du Guesclin hotel on their way to the abbey. Some of the signs in the village were written in German.
German and American graffiti are still visible on the abbaye’s spire to this day.
Let us never forget.
Current day images are my own.
Occupation images by Emmanuel Villain, “Le Mont Saint-Michel sous l’Occupation 1940-1944.”
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