BAND OF BROTHERS TOUR
In The Footsteps Of The Boys of 'Easy' Company (2/506, 101 Airborne)
SAINTE MERE EGLISE MISDROP
Over 13,000 American paratroopers were dropped into Normandy on June 6, 1944. Of this total, only a few were to land in their designated drop zones. The men of 'Easy' Company were no exception. Discover the exact locations were Richard Winters, William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, Carwood Lipton - to name just a few - landed on D-Day. All were to find themselves in the vicinity of the famous Notre Dame Church in Ste. Mere Eglise.
THE LOSS OF CPT. MEEHAN AT BEUZEUVILLE AU PLAIN
This is the place that has been described as "the best imitation of hell the American troops had to go through" during the Second World War. Revisit on site the Allied as well as the German plans, their strengths and weaknesses, and how the American troops managed to overcome all difficulties at "Bloody Omaha" - even when the odds seemed to be against them!
WINTERS LEADS THE ASSAULT ON BRECOURT MANOR
The 100ft tall cliffs and dozens of deep bomb craters and shell holes indicate how difficult a task Col. James E. Rudder and 225 men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion were entrusted with on D-Day. The six guns they were ordered to take out represented - at least on paper - a serious threat to the American landings at 'Omaha' and 'Utah'.
ANGOVILLE AU PLAIN AID STATION
Located at the foot of the Cotentin Peninsula, this hamlet was made famous by two medics serving with the 2/501 PIR: Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore. Wright converted the local XI century church into a makeshift aid-station. To this day bloodstained pews remind the visitor of their selfless actions during the first 48h of the Normandy campaign as the two paratroopers attended to approximately 80 wounded from both sides.
DEAD MAN'S CORNER AND
Long time a halt for pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostella during the Middle ages, this small Norman town was amongst the first to have been liberated by .
Situated at the western end of the assault area, this sector was not included in the initial draft of the "Overlord" plan but added later in order to facilitate the taking of a deep-water port. In a twist of fate, despite a few problems which influenced the actual landings of the 4 US Div., Utah came to be remembered as the beach with the fewest D-Day casualties: 197.
NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL
This iconic town, made famous by John Steele, F/505 PIR, and other members of 82 Div., was depicted in the book and later in the movie "The longest day". It is considered to have been the very first town liberated by U.S. paratroopers on June 6, 1944. Ste. Mere may also be described as an American sanctuary in Normandy given that in matter of months it became temporary resting place for over 13,000 American dead of the Normandy Campaign.
LA CAMBE GERMAN
This is the largest military cemetery of the Second World War in Normandy and one of six maintained by the German War Graves Commission in this part of France. Over 21,000 German dead are resting in 49 grave plots created after 1954. Ironically, until 1947 this was the site of a US temporary cemetery, one of the first such cemeteries established in Normandy after D-Day by the Army Graves Service.