Sainte-Mère-Eglise the first town liberated

Set in the marshes of the Cotentin, Sainte-Mère-Eglise was the first French commune to be liberated by the Allies.

Many memorial sites have been erected throughout the canton. The stain-glass windows and the church steeple at Sainte-Mère-Eglise pay tribute to the men of the 82nd Airborne Division. A model soldier hangs suspended from a parachute as a reconstruction of a true event from D Day.  Badly wounded parachutist John Steele was in that difficult posture for two hours before being released. The 'KM 0' landmark is situated near the Sainte-Mère-Eglise- town hall and was inaugurated in 1947.


Parachutistes dday


The Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mère-Eglise

Set in a park of 3000 m², near the church, this emblematic museum serves as an anthem to the extraordinary epic of the parachutists of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions dropped on Sainte-Mere-Eglise on the night of 5th to 6th June 1944.


Musée Normandie Seconde Guerre Mondiale - Airborne Museum PY Lemeur


An Open Sky Museum


Use the interactive visio-guide of the 'Open sky museum' to discover the important moments of the landings at Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Utah Beach.

10 remarkable historic sites are revealed from the well known to the most unusual (the territory's airfields, prisoner camps)...


Parachutiste sur l'église de Sainte-Mère-Eglise