This island became the first French territory that seaborne Allied forces liberated on D-Day. At 04:30 on 6 June 1944, four US soldiers, armed only with knives, swam ashore. When they had verified that the island were unoccupied, 132 troops from 4th and 24th Squadrons of the U.S. 4th Cavalry Group landed here. There were 19 casualties on the island due to German mines.

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