A Paratrooper John Steele Doll hanging in the Bell Tower in Ste Mere Eglise

John Steele and the Bell Tower of Ste Mere Eglise

On the night before D-Day (June 5–6, 1944), American soldiers of the 82nd Airborne parachuted into the area west of Sainte-Mère-Église in successive waves. The town had been the target of an aerial attack and a stray incendiary bomb had set fire to a house east of the town square.

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Bunker Ruins at the Pointe de Hoc

The Pointe de Hoc

The most dramatic campaign of the whole landing was the assault on the Pointe de Hoc, the most heavily fortified German position on the coast. A large part of the invasion beaches were within range of these guns. The Allies had bombed it to rubbles before sending 300 specially trained

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Remnants of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches

Arromanches and the Mulberry Harbour

A good place to start a tour is the town of Arromanches. Here the Allies build a artificial floating harbour a so-called Mulberry in just 12 days and 6 days later more than 300 000 troops and their equipment had been landed. Out in the sea you can still see

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The American Cemetary at Colleville-sur-Mer

The American Cemetary at Colleville-sur-Mer

  On June 8, 1944, the U.S. First Army established the temporary cemetery, the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II. After the war, the present-day cemetery was established a short distance to the east of the original site. Like all American cemeteries in France from both World War I

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The DC 3 and the Paratroopers

The Airborne Museum in Ste Mere Eglise

Another “must-see” is the new Airborne Museum in Ste Mere Eglise. It’s set up to commemorate the paratroopers who liberated the town as the first on in France. Its new and modern and well worth a visit. You can visit the museum’s own website here

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Outside the Band of Brothers House in Ste Marie du Mont

Staying at the “Band of Brothers House”

At the church square in the small village og Ste Marie du Mont there is a spacious vacation rental that shall meet all your expectations. It’s very well equipped and with large rooms and a nice back yard.   If you ever need to find a place to stay in

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