TOUR – Sainte-Mère-Église

The small town of Sainte-Mère-Eglise was one of the first ones to be liberated by the American paratroopers. Soon after midnight, the first paratroopers jumped over the area. One of them, John Steele, got caught on the steeple of the church and was captured by the Germans – he escaped later on.

By 04:30 a.m., the battle for Sainte-Mère-Eglise was over. Nowadays, a dummy marks the place where he hung for a while. In the church, you will see two unusual stained glass windows that pay tribute to the men who fought here on June 6, 1944.