17.6.11

Cemetery at Belleau Wood

Taken sometime around 1918-1919....Notice the Cross on the right in the picture. It bears the Sacred Heart.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

15.6.11

Woman to Receive Uterus Transplant From Mom. Will It Work?

By Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer LiveScience.com

...A Swedish woman may soon become the first person ever to carry a baby in the very womb from which she was born. Sara Ottosson, a 25-year-old who, like 1 in 5,000 women, was born without a uterus, has been shortlisted for an experimental uterus transplant surgery. Sara's would-be womb donor is Eva Ottosson, her mother.

"I've had two daughters, so it's served me well," Eva Ottosson told the press, referring to her uterus. "[Sara] needs it more than me."

Sara, like all women whose wombs are missing, dysfunctional or were cancerous and had to be removed at a young age, cannot naturally conceive and give birth to a child. Like many others, Sara is so desperate to do so that she has volunteered for a completely unproven surgery — one that has never before worked in humans — in which her mother's uterus will be transplanted into her abdomen. It will then be implanted with one of Sara's own eggs, fertilized in vitro. After delivering the baby nine months later, Sara will go back under the knife to have the borrowed uterus removed.

A previous attempt at uterus transplantation was made in 2000 in Saudi Arabia, but the recipient's body rejected the foreign organ, and it had to be removed four months into her pregnancy. Now, a team led by Mats Brannstrom, a Swedish surgeon, thinks that enough research has since been done to try the procedure again. Sara hopes the team will choose her for their first attempt.

Edwin Ramirez, a gynecologist at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Cali., who leads a group that also hopes to transplant a uterus within the next two years, told Life's Little Mysteries what makes the surgery so unique, and why a mother-daughter donor-recipient team provides the best shot for pulling it off.

"A uterus transplant is complex in the sense that the pelvis is more vascular than other parts of the body — it has more blood vessels — so the risk of bleeding during uterus removal is higher than with other organs," Ramirez said. He and his colleagues are developing a protocol for the organ removal procedure by operating on sheep and monkeys.

Another issue is organ rejection: When you receive an organ transplant, your immune system treats the foreign organ as an invading enemy and tries to break it down. Organ recipients must stay on a regimen of "immunosuppressive" drugs for the rest of their lives to stifle this natural response. Sometimes, though, the drugs don't work — and they didn't work for the patient involved in the previous uterus transplant attempt.

Furthermore, immunosuppressive drugs have side effects (such as weakening the immune system's response to real infections and illnesses) which could be dangerous to both mother and fetus during pregnancy. An appropriate drug regimen thus needs to be designed specifically for uterus transplantation recipients.

Despite these complications, uterus transplantation is less complex overall than heart or liver transplantation, Ramirez noted; the procedure has simply been slower to develop because it isn't life-saving. "It's a little different than your traditional organ transplantation because we're dealing with a nonvital organ. It's more of a life-improving procedure," he said.

The mother of the recipient makes the ideal donor, Ramirez explained. The mother of an adult daughter is most likely in her late 50s or early 60s, past menopause, and is no longer in need of her uterus. "You're performing an operation on a female that really doesn't need to have her uterus removed, but she's doing it to benefit her daughter," he said.

Old age is no issue when it comes to the uterus: It can be brought back to full functionality at any point. "The uterus will always be functioning. If you give it estrogen, it's going to respond. If you prepare the uterus, it should work perfectly fine in the recipient," Ramirez said.

Only a mother-daughter pair who share the same blood type would be considered for surgery, Ramirez explained, because this lowers the chance of organ rejection. Having 50 percent of the same genes also means the mother-daughter pair might share similarly positioned blood vessels, he said, making it easier for surgeons to lock the transplanted organ into place in the daughter.

In short, he said, "If we can transplant a uterus into the recipient who actually was born out of that uterus there's less chance of rejection."

Ramirez and Brannstrom are colleagues who have worked together on uterus transplantation research in the past, Ramirez said, but now they lead separate teams, both of which would like to be the first to transplant a womb.

"From a personal standpoint, I feel that I know Brannstrom fairly well and I think he's making this public because he sees that our group is advancing fast," Ramirez said. "He doesn't want to be behind in research."

Ramirez said Brannstrom may well be ready to do the surgery within a year, but that his group is nearly ready, too. "We already have our patients screened and ready to go. Do I feel like I can do it tomorrow? Yes. But I'm a perfectionist," Ramirez said.

Brannstrom could not be reached for comment...


My question is how will the woman become pregnant? In vetro-fertilization with an egg supplied by her or by her mother? This is an absolute immoral decision. I wish her well with the operation yet the article does say that it is a nonvital organ. It is better to accept what God has for you.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

14.6.11

French parliament rejects gay marriage bill

France's lower house of parliament Tuesday rejected a bill that would have allowed gays to marry. …

PARIS (AFP) – France's lower house of parliament Tuesday rejected a bill that would have allowed gays to marry.

The house, dominated by the ruling right-wing UMP party, voted by 293 votes to 222 to block the bill, with most left-wing lawmakers backing it and most of the right opposed.

"We are against homophobia but we do not want to alter the image and function of marriage in the collective subconscious," said UMP lawmaker Michel Diefenbacher.

Opposition Socialist party lawmaker Patrick Bloche had called the bill a measure to end a form of discrimination and "pass to a new stage in equality of rights."

Several of France's fellow European Union member states, including Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands, have legalised homosexual marriage.


Thank God, that the eldest daughter will not be ashamed.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

PARIS (Reuters) - Les députés ont rejeté mardi par 293 voix contre 222 une proposition de loi du groupe socialiste visant à ouvrir le mariage aux couples de même sexe, une vingtaine d'élus de la majorité votant pour ou s'abstenant.

Le groupe UMP et celui du Nouveau centre (NC) ont voté massivement contre la proposition de loi de qui propose d'introduire un nouvel article dans le Code civil.

Toutefois, 9 élus UMP dont Jean-Louis Borloo, président du Parti radical, Axel Poniatowski, président de la commission des Affaires étrangères, et Franck Riester ont voté en faveur du texte.

Neuf députés UMP se sont volontairement abstenus comme les anciens ministres Christian Estrosi et Nicole Ameline.

Un élu du groupe Nouveau centre, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, vice-président de l'Assemblée, a voté pour.

Le groupe socialiste a voté le texte présenté par l'un des siens, Patrick Bloche, qui fut l'un des initiateurs du pacte civil de solidarité (Pacs) en 1999. Deux apparentés, élus d'outre-mer, se sont abstenus.

Le groupe de la gauche démocrate et républicaine (GDR, PC, Verts et Parti de gauche) a lui aussi voté en faveur de la proposition de loi à l'exception de deux de ses membres qui se sont abstenus, Alain Bocquet (PC) et Jacques Desallangre (divers gauche).

Parmi les députés non-inscrits, cinq ont voté contre et trois pour, le divers droite Daniel Garrigue et François Bayrou, président du MoDem, et Jean Lasalle, lui aussi élu Modem.

"Ce présent texte entend ouvrir le mariage aux couples de même sexe sans modifier les règles actuelles régissant le mariage hétérosexuel", a dit Patrick Bloche.

"Il n'est ici question que d'ajouter un droit nouveau, non de réduire les droits des couples mariés hétérosexuels", a-t-il affirmé.

SOS HOMOPHOBIE "RÉVOLTÉE ET INDIGNÉE"

Après avoir rappelé l'existence du Pacs, qui est ouvert aux couples de même sexe ou non, le ministre de la Justice, Michel Mercier, a justifié le rejet du texte.

"Votre proposition de loi introduirait, si elle était adoptée, un changement de taille dans les valeurs de notre société dont il nous faut mesurer toutes les conséquences. Vous ne serez pas surpris : le gouvernement n'est pas favorable à ce texte", a-t-il souligné.

SOS Homophobie a déploré le sens du vote des députés.

"Les parlementaires de la majorité ont ainsi montré qu'ils et elles hiérarchisent encore les citoyen(ne)s français(es) en fonction de leur orientation sexuelle, que l'homosexualité continue d'être considérée comme inférieure à l'hétérosexualité", écrit l'association dans un communiqué.

"SOS Homophobie est révoltée et indignée par tant de mépris de la part de la majorité politique française", poursuit le texte.

Cette proposition de loi s'inspirait d'une décision du Conseil constitutionnel prise le 28 janvier dernier en réponse à une question prioritaire de constitutionnalité (QPC).

Les "Sages" avaient alors jugé que les dispositions en vigueur du Code civil réservant le mariage aux couples de sexes différents n'étaient pas contraires à la Constitution mais "qu'il est loisible au législateur d'adopter en la matière des dispositions nouvelles dont il lui appartient d'apprécier l'opportunité".

Dix pays ont à ce jour légalisé le mariage homosexuel : les Pays-Bas, la Belgique, l'Espagne, le Canada, l'Afrique du Sud, la Norvège, la Suède, le Portugal, l'Islande et l'Argentine. Il faut y ajouter la ville de Mexico, cinq Etats des Etats-Unis et Washington, DC.

Email from God to the Palins

After thousands of dollars and requests by newspapers to "dig up the dirt" on Sarah Palin a certain Email has surfaced to the Palin Family from God concerning the upcoming birth of Trig! So thanks to all those who had to see who and what Sarah Palin was emailing while she was the Governor of Alaska. ...and a special thanks to Les Femmes, The Truth for posting the following letter.

To the Sisters, Brother, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends of Trig Paxson Van Palin (or whatever you end up naming him!): I am blessing you with this surprise baby because I only want the best for you. I've heard your prayers that this baby will be happy and healthy, and I've answered them because I only want the best for you!

I heard your heart when you hinted that another boy would fit best in the Palin family, to round it out and complete that starting five line-up.

Though another girl would be so nice, you didn't think you could ask for what you REALLY wanted, but I knew, so I gave you a boy because I only want the best for you!

Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be 'Trig', because it's so fitting, with two Norse meanings: "True" and "Brave Victory". You also have a Bristol Bay relative with that name, so I knew it would be best for you!

Then, I let Trig's mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news - that way Piper wouldn't have so long to wait and count down so many days - just like Christmastime when you have to wait, impatiently, for that special day to finally open your gift? (Or the way the Palmas look forward to birthday celebrations that go on for three, four days_ you all really like cake.) I know you, I knew you'd be better off with just a short time to wait!

Then, finally, I let Trig's mom and dad find out before he was born that this little boy will truly be a GIFT. They were told in early tests that Trig may provide more challenges, and more joy, than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for.

At first the news seemed unreal and sad and confusing. But I gave Trig's mom and dad lots of time to think about it because they needed lots of time to understand that everything will be OK, in fact, everything will be great, because I only want the best for you!

I've given Trig's mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy anticipation because they asked me for that.

I'll give all of you the same happy anticipation and strength to deal with Trig's challenges, but I won't impose on you... I just need to know you want to receive my offer to be with all of you and help you everyday to make Trig's life a great one.

This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and bind us together and get everyone focused on what really matters.

The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven't experienced yet. He'll show you what "true, brave victory" really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is "normal" or "perfect".

You will grow and be blessed with greater understanding that will he born along with Trig.Trig will be his dad's little buddy and he'll wear Carhartts while he learns to tinker in the garage. He'll love to be read to, he'll want to play goalie, and he'll steal his mom's heart just like Track, Bristol, Willow and Piper did.

And Trig will be the cuddly, innocent, mischievous, dependent little brother that his siblings have been waiting for_in fact Trig will - in some diagnostic ways - always be a mischievous, dependent little brother, because I created him a bit different than a lot of babies born into this world today.

Every child is created special, with awesome purpose and amazing potential. Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed up world you live in down there on earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome. Doctors call it "Down's Syndrome", and Downs kids have challenges, but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imagine! Just wait and see, let me prove this, because I only want the best for you!

Some of the rest of the world may not want him, but take comfort in that because the world will not compete for him. Take care of him and he will always be yours!

Trig's mom and dad don't want people to focus on the baby's extra chromosome. They're human, so they haven't known how to explain this to people who are so caring and are interested in this new little Alaskan. Sarah and Todd want people to share in the joy of this gift I'm giving to the Palin family, and the greater Alaska family.

Many people won't understand_ and I understand that. Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won't be considered "perfect" in your world. (But tell me, what do you earthlings consider "perfect" or even "normal" anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle, or school hallway, or into your office lunchroom lately? Or considered the odd celebrities you celebrate as "perfect" on t.v.? Have you noticed I make 'em all shapes and sizes? Believe me, there is no "perfect"!)

Many people will express sympathy, but you don't want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.

I know it will take time to grasp this and come to accept that I only want the best for you, and I only give my best. Remember though: "My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts- for as the heavens are higher than the earth, my ways are higher than yours!"

I wrote that all down for you in the Good Book! Look it up! You claim that you believe me - now it's time to live out that belief!

Please look to me as this new challenge and chapter of life unfolds in front of you. I promise to equip you. I won't give you anything you can't handle. I am answering your prayers. Trig can't wait to meet you. I'm giving you ONLY THE BEST!

Love,

Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father


Oh wait Jon Stewart agrees with me!

Brantigny

"Democrats, the Party of Hypocrasy."

Marija of Jesus Crucified Petković (1892-1966)

...In 1952, Marija went to Rome to purchase and set up the Congregation's headquarters. While there, in 1954, she suffered a stroke which left her permanently paralyzed. In 1961, she concluded that her duty to the Congregation was no longer one of leadership but of sacrifice and suffering, prayer and offering herself to the Lord, and relinquished the office of Mother Superior that she had held for 40 years. While there in 1954 she suffered a stroke which left her permanently paralyzed. In 1961, she concluded that her duty to the Congregation was no longer one of leadership but of sacrifice and suffering, prayer and offering herself to the Lord, and relinquished the office of Mother Superior that she had held for 40 years...

Marija of Jesus Crucified Petković was born on 10 December 1892 on the island of Korcula in Blato, Croatia. She was the sixth of 11 children born to Antun Petkovic-Kovac and Maria Marinovic. Her father, a very wealthy man and most generous towards the poor, was an example to Marija and all his children.

After elementary school, Marija was enrolled in 1904 in Blato's newly-opened municipal school run by the Servants of Charity, who had recently arrived from Italy. After successfully completing the three-year programme, she continued her studies at the School of Domestic Science, also directed by the Servants of Charity.

Marija's obedience and humility become evident at a young age

In 1905, when she was 13, Marija made her First Holy Communion. Before entering the church, she knelt down before her parents and asked their pardon for all her wrongdoings. Her father, moved to tears at this display of simplicity and faith, assured his daughter that she had never done anything to sadden her parents, but had always been obedient and loving. Her desire to be obedient, her love of prayer and solitude, her attention to the poor and abandoned, were all virtues that flowered in young Marija's soul and nourished her desire to give herself completely to God.

In 1906 she became involved with the "Daughters of Mary" Association, and it was at this time that she revealed to Bishop Josip Marcelic that she wanted to enter the convent. This marked the beginning of Marija's spiritual direction under the Bishop's care. On 21 November 1906, she made a private vow of chastity to the Lord, saying: "I choose You alone as my spouse, I will love only You". Marija renewed this vow every day.

From 1909 to 1919 Marija was president of the Daughters of Mary and its 300 members. She began as part of the group the "Good Shepherd" Association, composed of 20 young women who would visit the sick, prepare children for their First Communion and make spiritual reparation for sins.

In 1911 Marija's father died, leaving Marija with the responsibility of helping her mother to take care of the family and provide for the education of the other children. The outbreak of World War I a few years later also left its mark on the Croatian people, claiming many young lives, destroying the surrounding farmland, spreading disease and perpetuating social injustices. This period proved to be very influential in Marija's vocational discernment.

In 1915, under the guidance of Bishop Marcelic, she began the "Society of Catholic Mothers", and in 1917 she assumed the responsibility of guiding the Third Order Franciscans with its 200 members. That same year, she began helping the Servants of Charity in the "soup kitchen" that they directed. In 1918, in front of the citizens of Blato, Marija made the solemn promise to the Bishop to remain in Blato to help and live with the poor.

Marija enters the convent of the Servants of Charity

On 25 March 1919, Marija and her friend, Marija Telenta, entered the convent of the Servants of Charity. Two months later, however, the superior died and the other Sisters, for political reasons, returned to Italy. Marija and her companion were left to take care of the convent and direct the apostolate. Marija asked the two other Croatian Sisters that remained if they wished to stay with her in Blato or to move to another convent. Both wished to remain with Marija in Blato.

Bishop Marcelic took immediate watch over the Sisters, and wrote to them to be above all "obedient", and to "serve the children and the poor with care". He wrote to Marija that she was to be "the superior and the last among the Sisters, and if necessary, [she was to] go barefoot while the Sisters wore shoes, she hungry and the Sisters full, following the example of the Crucified Jesus". Marija also requested from him the Rule of the Third Order Franciscans.

In the winter of 1919, Marija opened three institutions in Blato: a day-recovery centre, a child-care facility and an orphanage. She understood with increasing clarity and humility that God was preparing her for still greater works.

The Congregation of the Daughters of Mercy is founded.

On 25 August 1920, in Prizba-Korcula, she wrote the first Constitutions of the new order. The Bishop had decided that the community would officially be inaugurated on 4October, Feast of St Francis. On that day, Marija took the name "Marija of the Crucified Jesus", and became foundress of the new Congregation of the Daughters of Mercy.

Notwithstanding the difficulties, including outside opposition against the Congregation, Mother Marija continued to put all of her trust in God, truly convinced that the new foundation was "His work". She was known to say: "If I had money, I would trust in money, but [without it] I trust only in God".

From 1920 to 1952, Mother Marija was elected five times as the Superior General of the Daughters of Mercy. She travelled all over Croatia, Latin America and Italy, opening 46 communities while she was alive. The growing number of Sisters served in various social ministries, such as in nursing homes, hospitals, nursery schools, parish work, and work in the seminaries.

Mother Marija died on 9 July 1956, after three years of partial paralysis caused by illness. In her spiritual testament, she left to her daughters a last recommendation: "Love infinitely the most sweet Lord Jesus Christ; do everything for Him alone and spend your life in works of mercy and of love".
Vatican achives...

Marija has been proclaimed "Blessed" by the Church for her intersession the 1988 submarine disaster involving the Peruvian submarine Pacocha and a Japanese Trawler.

BAP Pacocha (SS-48)exUSS Atule, (SS-403, Balao Class Submarine)

BAP Pacocha (SS-48) was a submarine of the Marina de Guerra Peruana (Peruvian Navy) named for the 1877 Battle of Pacocha, in which the Peruvian ironclad Huascar clashed with the Royal Navy. Formerly USS Atule (SS-403), a Balao-class submarine with a GUPPY IA upgrade, she had been sold to Peru and commissioned on 28 May 1974.

At 18:50 in the evening of 26 August 1988, Pacocha was transiting on the surface with the forward torpedo room and bridge hatches as well as the main induction valve open. Forty-nine men were aboard, including the Squadron Commander, to conduct an operational readiness inspection. About half an hour after sunset, ten minutes from Pachocha’s expected arrival at the port of Callao, the 412 ton Japanese fishing trawler Kiowa Maru (also spelled Kyowa Maru and Hyowa Maru) rammed her in the after port quarter. Kiowa Maru was equipped with an ice-breaker bow, with a sub-surface protrusion designed to penetrate and break apart what it struck. Pacocha sank quickly.

Four men died immediately in the collision and sinking: her commanding officer, Capitán de Fragata Daniel Nieva Rodríguez, died securing the bridge access hatch; Teniente Segundo Luis Roca Sara and two enlisted men were trapped in flooded compartments and drowned. Twenty-three of her crew succeeded in abandoning ship.

In the sinking submarine, Teniente Roger Cotrina Alvarado secured the forward torpedo room watertight door and began to blow air to the compartment. He then went to the forward torpedo room hatch to secure it. Instead, however, he had to force the hatch open to free a sailor whose leg was caught as the hatch fell closed due to the 40 degree up angle PACOCHA assumed before sinking below the surface. As the PACOCHA began her slide to the bottom, water rushed in the forward hatch, washing lieutenant Cotrina down the ladder, but fortunately, shortly afterwards, forcing the hatch closed.

Cotrina credited this sequence of events to a miracle by the nun, testifying, “I saw a light and I experienced an ineffable power that allowed me to shut the hatch.” There is little doubt that if that hatch had not been shut, no one inside the submarine would have survived. Two commissions, one conducted by the Peruvian military, the other by the Vatican came to the conclusion that with the water pressure, it would have been technically impossible for anyone to close the hatch. The Roman Catholic Church's Congregation for the Causes of the Saints authenticated the miracle. This is unusual, as normally miracles in the causes of saints, are those for cures believed by the Church to be through the saint's intercession, but in this case the declaration of a miracle was the obtaining of superhuman strength by someone in a disaster situation. On 6 June 2003, Pope John Paul II celebrated Marija's beatification Mass ironically in the Croatian port city of Dubrovnik. Cotrina Alvarado received Holy Communion from the pope on this occasion, and afterwards gave him a small replica of the Pacocha as a memento.

EWTN wil be showing a new documentry on the Pacocha incident entitled...

The Miracle of the Pacocha
Wed. June 15 at 10 PM ET, Fri. June 17 at 1 PM ET, & Sat. June 18 at 5 AM ET
Read more:

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

13.6.11

Life, how wonderful.

On march 17, 2009 I posted this...

Heartbeat!
My daughter Geneviève tells us that the baby within her started it's heartbeat on Sunday.

I wish to believe that it started beating as she received the Blessed Sacrament at Mass.

Glory to God.
Brantigny


And today I update with this photo...

Audrey at 18 months. One happy baby, and the joy of her entire family.

At Mass yesterday, in a very talkative mood, (much to my pretended consternation) she pointed at each Station of the Cross and pronounced "Jesus". As I have said in the previous post her heart started to beat as her mother received Jesus, so it is only natural that she should know HIM by sight...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Why is this man so upset?

Anglicanism Implodes While Anglican Catholicism Rises

You may or may not sympathise with their decision. But one thing’s for sure. When Pope Benedict is confronted by a major crisis in his Church, he doesn’t take time off to guest edit a secular magazine in the hope of impressing his mates...


The Archbishop of Canterbury’s highly politicised and biased criticisms of the Coalition lessen the dignity of his office. But here’s the key point. This is displacement therapy, designed to take Dr Williams’s mind off the shocking crisis of morale in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.

He can’t hold his Church together. His authority diminishes by the day. So what does he do? He retreats to the comfort zone of guest editing the New Statesman and Left-wing scaremongering over the Government’s modest reductions in planned spending.

It’s one thing to dismiss the Big Society as a meaningless slogan (though I don’t think it is). It’s quite another to suggest that it’s an “opportunistic” excuse for spending cuts. Do you remember Dr Williams protesting when Gordon Brown was hosing down the public sector with money, fundamentally weakening the economy – and the weakest people in it? Me neither.

Here’s the reality. The Anglican Communion has disintegrated on Rowan Williams’s watch, partly thanks to his habit of saying one thing to fundamentalist Africans and quite another to liberal Americans. His own bench of bishops is hopelessly divided on key moral issues, and Rowan’s hand-wringing isn’t uniting them.

Out of four bishops commissioned to look after traditionalist congregations, three have left the C of E to become Catholic monsignors. Over fifty Anglican ministers are being ordained RC priests this month.
from The Daily Telegraph.

See the Catholic Knights take on all this...

After 576 years, and 3 days, welcome home.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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.
more...

Another village freed from the boche.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny