Manche - 10 km and 13 km south of Valognes
Cherbourg was the main objective of the VIIth Corps
On mid June 1944 the Americans progressed slowly in the marshlands
of the Cotentin, between Carentan and Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte. On
13 June the 90th Infantry Division under General Landrum seized Pont-L’Abbé.
On 14 June the 82nd Airborne Division attacked toward Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte,
while the 9th Infantry Division pushed toward Valognes and approached
Cherbourg. On 15 June General Collins launched an offensive westward
to cut off the Cotentin peninsula. The 60th Regiment of the 9th Infantry
Division attained La Bonneville. On 16 June the progression went on
along the two axis; General Ridgway’s parachutists spanned the
river Douve. Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte was liberated after heavy artillery
fire. The 9th Infantry Division captured intact bridges and crossed
the river Douves; the 47th Regiment reached Hauteville-Bocage, while
the 39th Regiment entered Orglandes.
German cemetery Orglandes
was originally an American cemetery. 10 152 German soldiers
are buried there. One enters through a small house surmounted
by a bell-tower. Stone crosses bearing several names are aligned
on a turfed space which goes down soft inclined.
: at the edge of the D24 road (follow the road-sign)
9th and 90th Infantry Divisions plaque Orglandes This
plaque is dedicated to the 9th and 90th American Infantry
Divisions who liberated Orglandes on 16 June 1944.
: on the cemetery wall
American troops stele La
commemorating the liberation
of the town by the American troops on 15 June 1944.
: in the center of the town