The American Sectors - Photos

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The American Sectors.
Omaha Beach.
Utah Beach.
Brécourt Manor.

Memorial to the men of "E" Company of the 2nd battalion of the 506th Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army led by Major Winters. This is at Brécourt Manor, north of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, where they destroyed a German artillery battery with little loss.

They went on to fight in operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. Their story is fictionalised in the book and film "Band of Brothers".
Sainte-Mère-Église.

Centre of the US forces parachute drops.

Memorial on the church to the US paratrooper,  John Steele, who hung there for several hours before being captured but escaped when his unit took the town.
La Cambe German Military Cemetery.

Burials were in pairs vertically.

The flowers are not normal, they were there for the German Chancellor's visit a couple of days earlier.
Maisy Battery.

This battery comprised three groups of guns and could fire on both Utah and Omaha beaches. It was missed as a primary target on D-Day and continued to fire on the invasion forces for three days.

It is claimed that the force which climbed the cliff to assault Pointe du Hoc (and found the bunkers empty) should have gone on to Maisy.

Part of the area has been excavated and is open to the public. It's a total contrast to the other sites which are rather polished.
Text and photos copyright John Haines 2015-19.
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