Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Manche

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Towering church of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
Towering church of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
Sainte-Marie-du-Mont is located in France
Coordinates: 49°22′45″N 1°13′30″W / 49.3792°N 1.225°W / 49.3792; -1.225Coordinates: 49°22′45″N 1°13′30″W / 49.3792°N 1.225°W / 49.3792; -1.225
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton Sainte-Mère-Église
Area1 26.98 km2 (10.42 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 804
 • Density 30/km2 (77/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50509 / 50480

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.

World War II[edit]

GI's talk with villagers on June 12, 1944.

It is best known for being the scene of a military engagement between the American 101st Airborne Division and the German Wehrmacht on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

On June 6, 2012, the 68th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, a 12-foot tall bronze statue in veteran Richard Winters' likeness was unveiled near the village[1][2] Winters only agreed for the statue to bear his resemblance on the condition that the monument would be dedicated to all junior officers who served and died during the Normandy landings.[3]

A plaque paying tribute to the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division


Arms of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
The arms of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont are blazoned :
Azure, in pale a drakkar and sword argent (the sail charged with a leopard gules), between 2 gussets Or each charged with a fleur de lys gules.

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