Historical images compared with the current situations in the exact locations.

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Sainte Marie du Mont, June 6th 1944

Soldiers of the 101st meet local civilians at the town pump. In front of the pump in the "Now-"photo, is Battle-detective Tom. His friend Antoine is trying to sneak out of the picture.

Carentan, June 20th 1944

Carentan was libererated by elements of the 101st on the 12th of June. On the 20th an award ceremony was held in the Place de La République. On June 4th 2006 this ceremony was reenacted, organized by the Carentan Historical Center. Battledetective.com was there.

Carentan, June 20th 1944

This is a comparison of the Place de la République as in the previous comparison, but at an average day.

Carentan, June 20th 1944

The same square from a different angle. Note the characteristic arcades on the right.

Carentan, June 1944

Again, the Place de la République and the monument to the fallen sons of Carentan in World War I. Here, an army priest leads an open air church service. Note parachute canopies on monument base.

Ravenoville, June 6th 1944

Paratroopers of various sub-units of the 101st gather at the Marmion Farm to regroup and engage the enemy. Note the French Renault tracked weapons carrier in the front of the Then-picture.

St. Côme-du-Mont, June 1944

This junction of the road from St Côme du Mont to Carentan and the road to St Marie-du-Mont was named "Dead Man's Corner" by American soldiers because of the dead tank commander still visible in the turret of this Stewart tank. Here we look up the road to St. Marie-du-Mont. Note the same type Renault weapons carries as in the previous Then-picture.

St. Côme-du-Mont, June 1944

The same road junction and the same knocked out light tank of "D" squadron/70th Tank Bn photographed from a different position. In the left corner of the picture is the road to St. Côme-du-Mont.

St. Côme-du-Mont, June 1944

The same location as in the previous comparison. The Carentan Historical Center opened an excellent museum in the house on Dead Man's Corner in 2006. This is our battledetective car in the position of the Stewart tank in our 2007 comparison.

St. Côme-du-Mont, June 1944

These aerial photographs from 2007 and 1944 show that the road junction is a bit different today. The angle of the road from St. Marie-du-Mont is not as sharp as it was in 1944 making it safer for traffic.

St. Côme-du-Mont, June 1944

View from the upstairs window in the Dead Man's Corner House looking South towards Carentan. Note that the paths of the roads have changed a little bit since 1944.

Ste-Mère-Eglise, June 1944

An American soldier takes a shot at the church tower of St. Mère-Eglise, probably at a German sniper, hiding in the bell fry. Note the posters with proclamations from the German occupiers on the wall. Posters for the 2007 French elections can be seen in almost the same spot in our comparison. A striking symbol for the freedom the invasion brought in 1944.

Ste-Mère-Eglise, June 1944

Almost the same spot, but now the GI in the previous picture is joined by his buddy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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