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Allied assault routes (Map No. 2, from UTAH BEACH TO CHERBOURG)

101st drop pattern (Map No. V)

82nd drop. (Map VI)

Airborne plan. (Map No. II)

502nd on D-Day. (Map No. 3)

506th on D-Day. (Map No.4)

501st on D-Day. (Map No.5)

505th at Ste. Mère-Eglise. (Map No.6)

Aerial photo of Ste. Mère-Eglise. The 8th Infantry, 4th Division, fought their way toward the town, from the area in the distance.

The town was captured before dawn of D-Day by a battalion of the 505th, 82nd Div (led by Lt. Col. Edward C. Krause)

The 82nd Airborne along the Merderet. (Map 7)

BELOW: Lt. Col. Vandervoort using a crutch, in Saint-Sauveur-le-Victomte, 16 June 1944.

Statue in Normandy honoring the American airborne, inscribed here as "Iron Mike".  (Chuck Solomon, 2000)

BELOW: A dummy paratrooper hangs from the church at Ste. Mère-Eglise. These are three views by Chuck Solomon, taken in 2001.

Pvt. John C. Steel (of the 505th, 82nd Div) was the man whose parachute caught on the church after midnight on D-Day. His ordeal was told in Cornelius Ryan's LONGEST DAY (Red Buttons played him in the movie).   


The town water pump in Ste. Mère-Eglise, used by the villagers when a fire broke out at midnight on D-Day night.

BELOW: Inside the church, gliders and parachutes are depicted in a stained glass window (placed in the church at the 25th anniversary of D-Day).

BELOW: Candles in the church.

BELOW: Views of the Merderet near Ste. Mère-Eglise. (Chuck Solomon, 2001)

BELOW: A shop in Ste. Mère-Eglise selling souvenirs. The Screaming Eagle insignia is just visible at the far right. 

Shoulder patch of the 6th Airborne with depiction of Pegasus.

Normandy, 6 Airborne Division (Map 7 in THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945: AIRBORNE FORCES)


Airborne. (National Archives of Canada PA 132785)

BELOW: Shoulder patches.

Jump wings.

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion shoulder patch.

Royal Engineers Parachute shoulder patch.