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The belltower of the church in Ranville
Coat of arms of Ranville
Coat of arms
Ranville is located in France
Location in France
Ranville is located in Normandy
Location in Normandy
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Lisieux
Canton Cabourg
Intercommunality Campagne et Baie de L'Orne
8.42 km2 (3.25 sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
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.

Ranville is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy 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 prominently 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.

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