Château de La Roche-Guyon - La Roche-Guyon, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 49° 04.885 E 001° 37.730
31U E 399874 N 5437411
Quick Description: [FR] Le château de La Roche-Guyon est occupé à partir de février 1944 par l'état-major du general-Feldmarechal Erwin Rommel. [EN] In February 1944, Field Marshal Rommel, commander of Army Group B, made his headquarters at the castle.
Location: Île-de-France, France
Date Posted: 3/11/2015 2:44:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMNGCR
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Ištván
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Long Description:
[FR] Celui-ci a été nommé plus tôt responsable de la défense des côtes françaises contre le débarquement allié qui s'annonce. Il choisit alors le château comme siège de son quartier-général, lui assignant ainsi provisoirement une vocation militaire.

Des boves sont creusées au pied de la falaise et abritent des munitions. Séparées par d'épais murs de craie, elles sont de plus protégées par des portes blindées ; des pare-éclats en béton sont de plus disposées dans les cours du château.

Erwin Rommel s'installe au pavillon d'Enville où il choisit comme cabinet de travail le grand salon, prolongé par sa terrasse plantée de roses. La famille de La Rochefoucauld vit alors à l'étage supérieur.

Parti en permission près d'Ulm le 4 juin 1944, en Bavière, Rommel revient précipitamment à La Roche-Guyon à la nouvelle du débarquement allié en Normandie.

Le 18 août 1944, l'armée allemande évacue le village. La Roche-Guyon subit alors un inutile bombardement allié la soirée du 25 août 1944, les Allemands ayant alors tous déjà quitté les lieux ; soixante-quatre bombes frappent le village et huit le château. Le bombardement anéantit les communs du château, la toiture des écuries s'effondre et le château lui-même est éventré.

[EN] An important figure in the German army, he commanded nearly 500,000 men along the Atlantic Wall, from Holland to the Loire.

Nearly 1,500 soldiers resided with Rommel in the vicinity of La Roche-Guyon.

Rommel moved into the pavillion of Enville. He worked in the large living room, slept in the bedroom of Princess Zinaida, and benefited from the huge collection of library materials. The owners of the castle, on the other hand, occupy the upper floor.

He had a U shaped cave like structure built underground next to the building for protection in case of bombings. It also provided shelter, communication and storage for his troops.

Rommel was not in La Roche-Guyon at the start of the D-day landing. He had gone on leave two days before to Germany where he and his wife celebrated their anniversary.

Rommel's Roche Guyon days came to an end on July 17 1944 when he was injured as his car was strafed by a spitfire, which ultimately ended his career.
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Admission Fee: €7.80

Opening Days/Times:
From saturday FEBRUARY 7th to friday MARCH 27th : the castle is open every day from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM Closed on monday February 16th From saturday MARCH 28th to sunday OCTOBER 25th : monday to friday : from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM Saturday, sunday and legal holidays : from 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM From monday OCTOBER 26th to sunday NOVEMBER 29th : the castle is open every day from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM Yearly closing : from 2015 NOVEMBER 30th to 2016 FEBRUARY 5th (included).


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