Updated on 29 June 2020
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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...
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
- Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Eglise
- Utah Beach D-Day Museum
- Crisbecq Battery Museum
- Azeville Battery
- Cotentin Farm and Museum
- Cotentin and Bessin Marshes Regional Natural Park
Baie du Cotentin Tourist Office
6 rue Eisenhower, 50480 Sainte-Mère-Église