Securing the western flank of the invasion front, the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions landed to secure the infrastructure and limit any German counter-attack towards the impending 4th Division landings on Utah Beach.
A small bridge over a small river, the scene of some of the most intense fighting of the first few days of the Normandy campaign. From the initial American seizing of the bridge, to the German attempts to retake it, to the final breakout to the west, we’ll discuss some amazing stories of courage and fortitude.
STE MERE EGLISE
Geographically very different from Omaha Beach, and with far fewer defenders, the landings on Utah were still challenging, their success being in part, as is so often the case, to the inspirational actions of a few individuals.
Unsurprisingly, given the massive area covered by the initial drops of the two airborne divisions, this sector has an abundance of memorials and monuments to those who fought and those who fell.