Near Sainte-Mère-Église in Manche, Normandie, France
General Gavin’s Foxhole
le 6 juin 1944
James M. Gavin
June 6, 1944
Location. 49° 24.041′ N, 1° 21.717′ W. Marker is near Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandie, in Manche. Marker is on Route D15, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is about 3.5 km (2.2 miles) west of Sainte-Mère-Église. Marker is in this post office area: Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandie 50480, France.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 6 June 1944 at LaFiere Bridge (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); PFC Charles DeGlopper Memorial (about 90 meters away); 80th Airborne Antiaircraft Battalion, 82nd Airborne Div. U.S. Army (about 90 meters away); In Remembrance of the Airborne Spirit (approx. 3.3 kilometers away); 82nd and 101st Airborne on D-Day (approx. 3.4 kilometers Clifford A. Maughan P.F.C. (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); House on Fire at Sainte-Mère-Église (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); U.S. Coast Guard Memorial at Utah Beach (approx. 13.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sainte-Mère-Église.
Regarding General Gavin’s Foxhole. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, paratroopers of the U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions landed between midnight and 2 a.m. near the small town of Sainte-Mère-Église in Normandy, France. Their mission was to cut off resupply or escape routes that might be needed by German units defending the coastal beaches, and where, toward dawn that day, Allied forces would arrive in great strength.
Brigadier General James M. Gavin commanded the 82nd Airborne’s Task Force A, consisting of the 505th, 507th, and 508th Parachute Infantry Regiments. They were brought to France in 378 C-47 aircraft (the military version of the DC-3), to be followed later by additional troops in gliders. The 505th was to take Sainte-Mère-Église itself, while Gavin was the first to jump from the lead plane of the 508th. He landed near the Merderet River about 2 miles north of La Fière bridge.
Also see . . . Military history site. An overview of Gavin’s military career. (Submitted on September 24, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
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