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Sainte-Mère-Église was just inland from the location of Utah beach during the invasion of Normandy in 1944. The planned invasion beach was a three-mile stretch of wide, sandy beach abutted by low sand dunes. Beyond the dunes is a generally swampy area.

The Utah invasion began with the US 82nd Airborne Division's parachute assault into the area on the night of June 5th and 6th. Strong winds and bad weather scattered the paratroopers, but they were generally successful.

The 4th Infantry Division landed on the beaches around 0630, slightly off of their intended targets, but they made their way off beach, through the German defenses. About 20,000 US troops landed at Utah on June 6th, and they suffered only 300 dead, wounded, or missing.

  • Last visit to Sainte-Mère-Église: Sep 2000
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    Jul 22, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Nice page and historic D-Day references for Utah Beach. The museum must have been interesting.

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