Neuville-au-Plain

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Neuville-au-Plain
The village with the church and the castle
The village with the church and the castle
Location of Neuville-au-Plain
Neuville-au-Plain is located in France
Neuville-au-Plain
Neuville-au-Plain
Neuville-au-Plain is located in Normandy
Neuville-au-Plain
Neuville-au-Plain
Coordinates: 49°25′42″N 1°19′43″W / 49.4283°N 1.3286°W / 49.4283; -1.3286Coordinates: 49°25′42″N 1°19′43″W / 49.4283°N 1.3286°W / 49.4283; -1.3286
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentManche
ArrondissementCherbourg
CantonCarentan
IntercommunalityLa Baie du Cotentin
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) André Pouthas
Area
1
4.70 km2 (1.81 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
95
 • Density20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
50373 /50480
Elevation2–36 m (6.6–118.1 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Neuville-au-Plain is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.

World War 2[edit]

On June 6, 1944, Neuville-au-Plain was one objective of the 505th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army in the invasion of Normandy. After capturing the commune early in the day, just 42 men of Company D/505 PIR, lead by Lt. Turner B. Turnbull, were left to defend it. A much larger German force, consisting mainly of the 1058th Grenadier Regiment of the 91st Infantry Division, counterattacked and half of the defenders were killed or wounded in a heavy 8 hour battle. Eventually two of the American defenders, Sergeant Robert Niland and Corporal James Kelly, volunteered to remain behind. They held the German force off long enough for the rest to escape before both were killed.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Stephen E. Ambrose (2013). D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II. Simon and Schuster. p. 316-317. ISBN 1439126305.