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Vire



Introduction of Vire
Town in the Calvados department, on the VireRiver, 32 mi SW of Caen. It grew up around a castlebuilt by Henry I of England during the 12th centuryand became an important stronghold. The nearbyvalley of Vau-de-Vire was the home of Oliver Basselin,whose 15th-century drinking songs gave rise tothe term “vaudeville.” During World War II the townwas occupied by the Allies in July 1944 after the land ingsin Normand y.Town in the Calvados department, on the VireRiver, 32 mi SW of Caen. It grew up around a castlebuilt by Henry I of England during the 12th centuryand became an important stronghold. The nearbyvalley of Vau-de-Vire was the home of Oliver Basselin,whose 15th-century drinking songs gave rise tothe term “vaudeville.” During World War II the townwas occupied by the Allies in July 1944 after the land ingsin Normand y.