St Malo: rock around the rocks
Hitler’s orders decreed that there should be no surrender by German forces occupying St Malo during the Second World War. American bombing and British naval shelling reduced St Malo, by liberation in August 1944,to over a million tons of rubble. The invading American troops, using napalm in warfare for the first time ever, discovered that less than 100 German troops had been left to defend the city. Anthony Doerr’s novel, All the light we can not see , is the perfect read to accompany a visit to the memorial’s poignant reinforcement of the horrors of World War ll. It took a 12-year restoration project to rebuild the city using the local granite.