Ste Mere Eglise

The small Cotentin town of Ste Mere Eglise in the department of the Manche was the site of one of the most hard-fought engagements of the Normandy landings. American paratroopers were blown off course from their intended drop-zone and many of them came to earth in the centre of the village and were shot by German soldiers before they even landed. However, other US troops successfully retook the town the next morning.

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The town's crest today commemorates this engagement.




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