The objective of the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne is to take Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Manche). Soldiers of the 101st are tasked with monitoring the area behind Utah Beach.
Dropped at too high an altitude and too fast, they disperse during the jump. Some will be killed before even hitting the ground; others will be lost or will drown in the marshland.
Glider broken in half upon landing
Paratroopers in ambush in front of the Sainte-Mere-Eglise church
German soldier captured by an American paratrooper
Drawing illustrating the American paratroopers’ jump