The liberation of Europe from German occupation began in spectacular fashion for the inhabitants of Sainte-Mère-Eglise. A misdrop brought paratroops raining down onto the village square, their chutes lit by the light of a house fire! Private John Steele would be the most famous of them all, left dangling from the pinnacle of the church tower.

THAT VILLAGE, THAT TOWER, THAT GUY...

Parachutage de la Fière à Sainte-Mère-Eglise

A small and quiet rural community, Saint-Mère-Eglise was of great importance as it straddled all communications to Cherbourg. While nearly 13,000 American paratroops were being dropped under a full moon into the confusion of the surrounding countryside, famously one company was dropped, at about 1:45am, onto the village square and cattle market of this now world-famous village.

In and around Sainte-Mère-église

Useful information

Baie du Cotentin Tourist Office
6 rue Eisenhower, 50480 Sainte-Mère-Église
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