D-Day Paratroopers Historical Center

Carentan
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Museums

After the landings on the 6th June 1944, it was imperative that the Landing Beaches were linked up and Carentan and Saint-Côme-du-Mont were the focal point for the American troops to meet up between Utah and Omaha. American parachutists were engaged in fierce fighting with the German paratroopers who were ordered to defend these towns.

The D-Day Paratroopers Historical Center, is located in the heart of the parachute zone at Dead Man's Corner. The house was a former German command post and earned its nickname from the American tank which was blown up outside and its dead crew member. The Dead Man's Corner Museum is now home to many remnants of the combat. The objects collected are linked to individual soldiers and local history, and is the largest collection of its kind in the world. The museum also has a large collection of photographs and hundreds of hours of interviews with American Airborne veterans who were involved in the fighting at Carentan.

Take a look at our new D-Day guide and infographic to discover more about D-Day and the liberation of Normandy.

 

Nearby attractions

The 1944 Historical Trail is a 40 km circuit in the Carentan area that takes in 13 sites that were important in the battles to free this sector following D-Day.

The Musée à Ciel Ouvert, or open sky museum, is a 50km circuit around Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Utah Beach covering 10 important sites that were key places in the D-Day landings.

The American Airborne Museum tells the story of the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who took part in the night raids on the eve of the D-Day landings.

Discover the way of life of Norman country folk in days gone by in this 17th/18thC farm museum. Take a look at their homes and working quarters including a dairy, wash house, bakery, cowshed and cartwright's workshop.

Places to visit nearby

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

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