A heroic stand by 182 paratroopers of 3rd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. 17 of whom along with 26 French civilians were murdered by 17th SS Panzergrenadiers.
The victims of the liberation of Graignes.
Curiously one victim was Flt Sgt Stanley Black of the Royal Australian Airforce. Black had been the Bomb Aimer of a Lancaster Bomber which had crashed nearby. Black had baled out and survived. He fell in with the Americans and fought alongside them.
Looking from the marshes towards Graignes, it is clear how the village and the church became an obvious place for the scattered paratroopers to gather together.
The view from the hillside northwest across the marshes towards Carentan.