Bayeux Day 2
Today we visited the cities of Ste Mere Eglise and Carentan, both
were French cities that US airborne troops captured. These cities were
significatn because of their location. Both cities were above the areas
that the Nazi's flooded. making them tatically significant. Also
Carentan was at the center of a lots of roads leading to the various
regions of Fracne. In Ste Mere Eglise, there was a memorial for a
soldier who got hung up on the chapel of the Church. You can see a
ruber soldier handing from a parachute on the Churhch stepel. We also
visited a museum dedicated to the airborn troops in Ste Mere Eglise.
There was a life size model of a glider and a bomber. There were also
lots of models of soldiers and real WWII weapons. I liked the
presentation of the weapons here better then the Imperial War Museum.
After the cities we
went to Gold Beach, another beach front attacked by the Allies. Along
the route to the beach there were road markers with the names of the
soldiers who died. On all the beaches there were old bombed out
bunkers. When we got done tourning the sites, we went out to a good
French dinner. It cost 21 Euros, about 30 US. It was great though, a
full 3 course meal, starting with oysters, followed by rabbit and
ending with a creme brulee.
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