Manche - 10 km north of Carentan The
"Screaming eagles" dropped in Normandy
In the night of 6 June 1944 more than four hundred planes dropped
the American parachutists of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy.
The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment landed on drop zone C near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.
The units were widely scattered. A group of about a hundred men gathered
under General Taylor who commanded the division and Lieutenant-Colonel
Ewell who commanded the 3rd battalion of the 506th Regiment. They
moved toward Utah Beach to take control of the exit n°1. On the
way they neutralized a German strong point near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.
Another group of parachutists destroyed a battery west of the town.
Several paras hit the ground in the middle of the town, American and
German troops killed each other in great confusion. In the afternoon
Sainte-Marie-du-Mont was liberated by a group of paras of the 501st
and 506th Regiments. The Americans took by surprise the Germans who
were pushed back by the Landing on Utah Beach.
This old home was used during the German occupation as garrison
post. The rooms are reconstituted with material and uniform
suited dummies to tell about the war. Authentic perfectly preserved
paintings can be watched on the wall of the German garrison's
: on the church place
Around the church and in the nearby streets an historic path
is marked out with plaques on the wall of the houses. They
tell the story of the liberation of the town on 6 June 1944.
: around the church place
101st Airborne Division plaque
Plaque commemorating the liberation of the town by the American parachutists
of the 101st Airborne Division on 6 June 1944.
: on the wall of the town hall
Danish sailors monument Monument
dedicated to the 800 Danish sailors who landed in Normandy on the
D-day on 6 June 1944. Situation
: at the edge of the D913 road, north of the town toward Utah Beach