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Sainte-Mère-Église church

The church in Sainte-Mère-Eglise is very famous. It is described in many books and in the movie "The Longest Day" from 1962 it was also mentioned.

Before the airborne troops jumped out of their planes, there was an attack by the allied airforce at Sainte-Mère-Eglise. After this attack the U.S. 82nd Airborne and U.S. 101st Airborne Divisions jumped in the vicinity of the village out of their aircraft.
During this operation a part of them ended up in the middle of the village, where they literally fell prey to the alarmed German occupiers. The most famous person from the actions in this village is John Steele.

In the church of Sainte-Mère-Eglise are two stained glass windows in memory of the fights which took place during the Battle of Normandy. In addition, there is a war memorial in the church to commemorate the civilian and military victims who fell during the Second World War.

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  • Text: Ewoud van Eig
  • Photos: Lennard Bolijn (1), Ewoud van Eig (2, 3, 4), Wim Hilderson (5)