ORGLANDES/LA BONNEVILLE
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
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.
Situation : 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.
Situation : on the cemetery wall
 
 
American troops stele
La Bonneville
Stele commemorating the liberation of the town by the American troops on 15 June 1944.
Situation : in the center of the town
 
 
ROAD MAP
 
INTERESTING WEB SITES

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

Personal web site about the Second World War Generals
http://www.generals.dk/

Web site of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge
http://www.volksbund.de/
Association web site about the 82nd Airborne Division
http://www.geocities.com/pentagon/5340/division/campaigns/france.html

 
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