‘Iron Mike’ & The bridges of La Friere and Chef Du Pont
Just a couple of miles to the west of St Mere Eglise, the River Mederet posed a significant natural obstacle to movements of troops, supplies, artillery and armour. The two crossing points at La Friere and Chef Du Pont were vital to the U.S. and German forces alike. The Germans needed to be able to counter attack towards St Mere Eglise and onwards to UTAH beach, whist the Americans needed to not only defend against German attacks but be able to break out across the Cotentin Penninsula towards Barneville. The battle for these bridges raged for three days. The 82nd Airborne beat off German infantry and armour before being relieved.