Saint Lo had a strategic position during WW2 a crossroads for the German forces, it consequently was almost totally destroyed (97%), Saint-Lô had the unenviable nickname of Capital of Ruins. After the war the question arose as to whether the town should be rebuilt or left with its ruins intact as a testimony to the bombing. One American soldier laconically commented: "We sure liberated the hell out of this place" . It reminded me very much of Plymouth in Devon similar postwar architecture. I imagine the 3% that was left of the old town were the battlements from the middle ages which are still standing strong.