Carentan June 13, 1944

It was on this day that the town of Carentan was liberated after 6 days of heavy fighting.

The small town of Carentan occupied a pivotal position between Omaha and Utah Beaches, and its capture was one of the most important American priorities in the days immediately after D-Day. Carentan was naturally protected by the swamps of the lower Taute and Vire rivers, and artificially by inundations created by German flooding. The only good road across this area ran through Carentan and on to Périers, but this single road was very easily defended. After the fall of Carentan the US 7th Corps spent nine days attempting to advance down this road before giving up.

The 101st Airborne was given the task of taking Carentan. The only available approach to the town ran along another causeway that entered the town from the north. The attack began on 8 June, but progress was very slow. It took two days to reach Carentan, but on 10 June the 101st began to surround the town. On 11 June the paratroops finally fought their way past the outer defences of the town. The beleagured defenders of the town called for supplies to be dropped from the air, but no supplies appeared. On the night of 11-12 June, under heavy American fire, the Germans abandoned Carentan.

Another village freed from the boche.


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