Sainte Mere Eglise

Sainte Mère Église became the first town in France to be liberated.

The town was featured in vivid scenes in the 1962 film ‘the longest day’. The town was made more famous by John Steele. The paratrooper stuck helplessly on the side of the church tower throughout the intense ground battle, witnessing the fighting below for two hours. After repelling this first stage of the attack, members of the German Garrison took Steele prisoner but were later forced to release him to the Americans. An effigy of John Steele is maintained to this day, hanging on the church tower. Inside the church there are two stained glass windows, one shows the Virgin Mary surrounded by paratroopers; the other shows St. Michael (patron saint of the paratroopers) and was dedicated in 1972.

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Distance from house – 40 km