La Fiere Bridge

The La Fiere bridge, with the Merderet River running under it, was a very popular place in the first days after D Day with both the US 82nd Airborne and German Army wanting it. The strategic value was it protected the western entrance to Sainte-Mère-Église and blocked the Germans from counter attacking the beaches and the port of Cherbourg.

Sainte-Mère-Église
Sainte-Mère-Église

Sainte-Mère-Église

This may be the most photographed church roof in the world because of the well known incident involving paratrooper John Steele of the 505th PIR whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church. He hung there playing dead for two hours before the Germans took him prisoner. Red Buttons played the role in the movie “The Longest Day”.

Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France
Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France