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Normandy: a geographical region primarily in Northern France, south of the English Channel, between Brittany (to the west) and Picardy (to the east). The name “Normandy” is derived from the settlement and conquest of the territory by Viking "Northmen" from the 9th century, and confirmed by treaty in the 10th century. For a century and a half following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Normandy and England were linked by Norman (Viking) rulers, but following 1204 the continental territory was ultimately held by France. Many of the residents of Normandy have Viking ancestry.

During the Battle of Normandy in World War II, Normandy became the landing site for the invasion and liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany. This was a turning point for the war in Europe.

Map of Normandy

[http://encarta.msn.com/map_701515160/normandy.html]

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