A few weeks ago I took the car out to visit some places around La Haye-du-Puit including the Église Sainte-Trinité in the small village of Saint-Sauveur-de-Pierrepont. It was built in 1955 to replace the old church which was destroyed by the Germans in 1944.
About 200 meters away are the ruins of the old Romanesque church. It still maintains an outline of its old walls and some fine 12th century bas-reliefs in the choir including an image of Saint Matthew and another of a lion which represents the evangelist, Saint Mark.
The ends of several columns still have sculpted heads which are in ecxellent condition. Outside, behind the choir is a memorial plaque to some French soldiers who died on this spot defending the town against Germans during the war. On 18 June 1940, a French detachment composed of survivors from several other units used two 75 mm guns to stop the advancement of Rommel's 7th Panzer Division. Led by Naval engineer, Henri Ramas, the troops delayed the German advance by more than ten hours which allowed the British forces to regroup and perform sabotage missions on equipment that could be used by the enemy. Sadly, Henri Ramas and many of his men were killed on this spot during the fighting.