Statue 101st Airborne holding a weapon and a grenade on its base.
The 101st Airborne Division is a division of the United States Army trained primarily for airborne and then heliborne assault having played a major role in the Normandy landings since in 1944 Pathfinders of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, Equipped with radio beacons and communication radios, leave RAF North Witham Air Base on the evening of June 5, 1944, charged to find the best places to jump on, to indicate them to the rest of their division on June 6, 1944, to be dropped behind one of the American landing beaches, Utah Beach.
The division’s mission was to take control of the roads leading from the coast to Pouppeville, as well as the bridges over the Douve River and the Carentan Canal, in order to allow the troops and vehicles that would be landed there on the morning of June 6 to leave the beaches of Utah Beach.
But in spite of the scouts, during the parachuting, the division was dispersed over a 40 km long zone.
It lost 1,500 men killed (many paratroopers drowned in the marshes and the many areas deliberately flooded by the Germans) or taken prisoner.