Le havre, France. under German occupation, the city was devastated in 1944 by the english royal air force; 5,000 people were killed and 12,000 homes destroyed, mainly by Allied air attacks. After the war, the centre was rebuilt in the modernist style by Auguste Perret. Le Havre was honoured with the Legion of Honor award on 18 July 1949. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.