US Paratroopers St Mere Eglise. 82nd Airborne Division

Pvte John Steele of F Company 505th PIR 82nd Airborne Division jumped into Normandy on the night of 5th-6th June 1944. Poor weather conditions led to a scattered drop and 36 men of Steele's company came down into the Church square of St Mere Eglise where they were captured or killed. Some buildings in the village were on fire and the fires illuminated the night sky, making easy targets of the descending paratroopers. Steele's [...]