Carentan, a city of about 4,000 people in 1944, was viewed as so important by Erwin Rommel that he ordered Major Heydte, who had retreated his paratroopers from the causeway against the advancing 101st Airborne, to defend it to the last man.  From the Allied perspective, capturing Carentan was critical to Eisenhower’s invasion plans in order to join Utah and Omaha forces into one cohesive defensive line.

From June 10-15, the 101st Division engaged the German Wehrmacht at various points in and around the city, culminating in the “Battle of Bloody Gulch” to the southwest of Carentan.  A must see is Band of Brothers – Episode 3, Carentan.

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