GRAIGNES Manche - 18 km south of Carentan
The Americans parachutists beleaguered by the Germans
In the night of 5-6 June 1944, a lot of American parachutist landed far away from their drop-zone. They were 130 paras from the 507th Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, gathered in Graignes south of Carentan. The Americans blew up the bridge, but they were soon beleaguered by the Germans, with several Norman people of the town. The Americans were overwhelmed, and a bunch of paratroopers escaped through the marshes. One month later on 7 July, the 30th Infantry Division coming from the east reached Le Dezert. The landscape of deep valleys where rivers run, and large marshes, made the progression difficult. Graignes controled the access of the river Taute valley. On 9 July the Americans of the 113rd Cavalry Group crossed the Taute-Vire canal, a company of the Götz von Berlichingen Division had no choice but withdrawing, to avoid encirclement. It enabled the Americans to occupy Graignes without fighting.

   
       
 
 
 
 

Graignes Memorial
Monument in memory of the Norman people and the American soldiers who died in the fighting in Graignes, from 6 June to 12 June 1944.
Situation : in the cemetery

 
 

507th Parachutist Infantry Regiment stele
Stele in memory of the 507th Parachutist Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, who fought in the area from 6 to 11 June 1944.
Situation : at the edge of the D89 road, at the northern exit of the town

   
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INTERESTING WEB SITES

Personal web site about the 82nd Airborne Division
http://www.geocities.com/pentagon/5340/division/campaigns/france.html

US Army official web site - US Army divisions structure
http://www.army.mil/cmh/lineage/cc/comp.htm
Page of US Army official web site about assault units of D-day
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/reference/normandy/UnitList.htm

Manche departmental tourism office web site
http://www.manchetourisme.com/

 
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