"D-Day, they came and went like angels" Top 5 Page for this destination Sainte-Mère-Église by Pavlik_NL
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In the night preceeding the D-day landings on the Normandy beaches, paratroopers were dropped above strategic places to conquer and hold them 'til releaved. One of the most massive droppings happened aroudn Saint-Mere-Eglise, to prevent the Nazi's to attack the American landingszones from the flanks.
However, the area surroundings the village has been innundated and turned into swampy fields. The village itself was defended well by the Nazi's and some smaller mistakes made by the allied command, resulted in many casualties among the parachutists of the 101.
After bombardments that night, fire was threatening the townhall of Sainte-Mere-Eglise and the citizens were just trying to extinguish it when the droppings began. Wind blew the parachutists straight over the village and a massacre started when they were noticed by the Nazi soldiers based in the village. Soldier Steel's parachute got stuck on the church tower and seeing what happened he played dead. It saved his live. In Sainte-Mere-Eglise, he's still hanging on the tower (a puppet). In The Longest Day, this event is dramatically filmed.
Sainte-Mere-Eglise now-a-days is a small village in the middle of agricultural Normandian land. The proud community... more travel advice
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