Sainte-Marie-du-Mont is a beautiful small village that saw heavy fighting during the D-Day invasion. As one of the main crossroads behind Utah Beach, the 101st Airborne received the objective of capturing and holding the city until they could connect with the troops that were landing on the beach. In the early morning of June 6th, ,the Airborne were dropped in the area and met with a quick but fierce battle.
Today the town has been preserved as it was in 1944, and as you walk through the area you will feel as though you stepped back in time. The effect of the fighting is still visible throughout the village from impacts on the sides of buildings to the bullet ridden confessionals inside the church.
As we view these areas you will have a better perspective of the fighting that took place here.
*After visiting St Marie du Mont, we will continue the tour as we head toward Utah Beach. On the way we will stop in different areas where men of the E Company, 506th PIR (Band of Brothers) fought including the Brécourt Manoir.