Transfer Orly airport - Le Havre
ORLY Airport - Le Havre ( Home adress - Hotel - Harbour-Cruise Port)
Shuttle transfer from Paris home adress or Hotel or Orly Airport to Le Havre
History of Le Havre
Liberation by the Allies in 1944 led to a wave of joy in almost all French cities after 4 long annéesd'Occupation. The Liberation celebration is an opportunity to commemorate a happy memory. However, it is a city where the memory of the beginning of September does not evoke good memories but rather the destruction: Le Havre. This city is a martyr of the struggle against the Nazis. Much of the city was destroyed by Allied bombing. Without knowing why.
Jean-Baptiste Gastinne, historian and deputy mayor of Havre explained in these terms: "we know why 1.5 million hairy fell during the First World War We do not know if the sacrifice of the city of Le Havre. had a real military utility. "
As everywhere in France, the Le Havre waiting for this release in early September 1944. One hundred days ago, they saw and heard the débarquementnon away from their city, other beaches of Normandy. They espéraientpendant days, the release date. While Paris is released in late August, Le Havre remains busy.
The Allied offensive finally began on September 5 with a deluge of bombs on the city center. The bombardment continued the next day with the release of thousands of tons of explosives on the city, including the dreaded phosphorous bombs. The bombing lasted until 10 September. 10,000 homes destroyed, 2,000 Havrais perished, 80,000 are without shelter. The British aviation ravaged the city without one knows the reasons.
Le Havre port is considered by the Allies as a strategic issue. This port is bad because it was regularly shelled since the beginning of the war, it became unusable.
A German garrison of 12,000 men based in the city of Le Havre. Located on the hillside, this garrison along well resist the attacks of the Allies. The staff was housed in opulent villas of "the coast", near the city center.
For the historian Jean-Baptiste Gastinne "the bombardment of central areas during the first two days is incomprehensible, especially as the Allies had all the information available to them." The historian tries to explain that "since the landing, policies no longer hand over the operations, the military decision-making authority. No doubt the British wanted to go fast to retake the city."
On September 12, the Anglo-Canadian troops entering Havre. Contrary to what was happening in the rest of France, the home of the troops has nothing to do with the scenes of jubilation: it was cold. The press calls these troops "the libératueurs".
According to the deputy mayor, "the lack of justification for the destruction of their city has always been difficult to understand for Le Havre." The Le Havre will have no collective memory of these tragic events. Rebuilt by Auguste Perret, the city center is classified as a World Heritage Site and is a source of pride for Le Havre.
Shuttle transportation from Paris airports to " Le Havre "
The nearest airport in Paris from Le Havre is Beauvais airport which is 179 km. Orly airport which is 210 km can be reached in 2 hours 19 minutes. Roissy airport is 217 km, the journey takes 2 hours 20 minutes.