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Attack To Cut The Peninsula
   map shows intended drop zones and assignments for 10 Army units
82nd Airborne Drop Pattern
documents how widely the troopers were scattered.

D-Day Along The Merderet
details Col. Lindquist's group advancing east above La Fière while Col Shanley closes in on the infamous Hill 30
(courtesy Tony Rogers)

La Haye Du Puits
as Bill Giegold remembered it 43 years later.
  His hand drawn map is annotated in his own words and also translated into French

Ste Mere Eglise
as it appeared in 1944. Note the military vehicles on the main road.
(courtesy of Ken Lewis)

Chef Du Pont
shows the area from "Pont Le'Abbe at left to La Fière Bridge on right.  What appears to be chutes are more likely animals grazing or perhaps haystacks.
(courtesy David Berry)

Not Your Father's Chevy
while later singing advertisements had the line of "See the USA in your Chevrolet" these vehicles toured the European and Pacific theaters of war

Chef du Pont
street scene with GIs resting in lower right while another stands guard in the roadway
[this and next two photos courtesy of Kenneth Lewis]


Then and Now
Iron Mike statue at La Fière looks out on a flooded Merderet plain.  The scene must have been much like this on D-Day.
(courtesy Vivian Roger)
I love what you have done with the place!  The building in the foreground has replaced the ruins but the other building remains
Alternate View
from road intersecting directly opposite the original structure now the Bar du Stade advertising tobacco and lotto tickets, amongst other items.




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