Sainte-Mère-Église in Manche, Normandie, France
82nd and 101st Airborne on D-Day
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is June 6, 1944.
Location. 49° 24.51′ N, 1° 19.041′ W. Marker is in Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandie, in Manche. Marker is on Rue Général de Gaulle just south of Rue Général Koenig, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in the town square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandie 50480, France. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Remembrance of the Airborne Spirit (a few steps from this marker); Clifford A. Maughan P.F.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); House on Fire at Sainte-Mère-Église (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); General Gavin’s Foxhole (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); 6 June 1944 at LaFiere Bridge (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); PFC Charles DeGlopper Memorial80th Airborne Antiaircraft Battalion, 82nd Airborne Div. U.S. Army (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); U.S. Coast Guard Memorial at Utah Beach (approx. 10.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sainte-Mère-Église.
Regarding 82nd and 101st Airborne on D-Day. Lying 8 km (5 miles) inland from the Normandy coast, the small town of Sainte-Mère-Église was well behind German coastal defenses on D-Day, June 6, 1944. As part of the overall Allied landing, code-named Overlord, this town was a major objective and drop zone for U.S. paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. They arrived en masse between midnight and 2 a.m. on the 6th, suffering many casualties during their jumps.
A lucky exception was Pvt. John Steele of the 82nd’s 505 Paratrooper Infantry Regiment. His chute caught on a spire of the town’s church, leaving him dangling helplessly, but he managed to survive by playing dead for several hours. He was briefly taken prisoner by the German occupying troops but later escaped. His ordeal was portrayed by actor Red Buttons in The Longest Day, the classic D-Day movie (20th Century Fox, 1962).
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