La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument

La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument

La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument
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RetPil
Temecula, CA18 contributions
Oct 2022
The Bridge and Monument were well worth the visit. There's so much history in this area, and the surrounding areas. We stayed a couple nights at the La Fiere House, located at the foot of the bridge. I highly recommend it, one of the owners is General Patton's grand daughter Helen, and run expertly by their caretakers, Denise and Neil, who also gave us a grand history lesson on WWII in Normandy.
Written November 3, 2022
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rdholler
Atlanta, GA245 contributions
Jan 2020
Much is written about the troops that came ashore on the beaches. What is less written is the work of the paratroopers to take and secure the areas inland that would allow access to the main road system. Since much of the area between the beaches and the main roads was marshland, it was important that the roads that did connect were captured and held so that the huge number of troops and the massive amount of equipment that was needed for the march to Paris could be moved.
If you are interested in the Airborne troops, this is really an important place.
As a note, if you have time, there is a small church directly across the river that has a beautiful stained glass window honoring the troops.
Written January 26, 2020
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billmc321
Lake Oswego, OR24 contributions
Aug 2019
Hard to visualize the battle here with such a peaceful setting.
Read the book "No Better Place to Die" by ex-paratrooper Robert Murphy to get a good history of this battle.
Written September 2, 2019
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Chris W
Alabaster, AL232 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is an incredible historic site with such a story to tell. The scene of the fiercest small force battle in U.S. Army history, you just cannot believe the odds that the paratroops overcame. A a truly hallowed site, just be sure to study the battle before visiting. Thank you to our friend Stuart Robertson of Normandy Battlefield Tours for making it come alive.
Written July 21, 2019
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TravelCheapskate
Tampa Florida74 contributions
Jun 2019
This site is located pretty far from the beaches and somewhat off the expressway. However, it was a very significant battle zone (as depicted in Saving Private Ryan) and well wort adding to your WWII sight seeing plans. It is relatively small so it won't take more than 45 minute to adequately explore.
Written December 19, 2019
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chickandbeast
Southgate, Canada8,550 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument a WWII parachutist statue on the battlefield in Sainte-Mere-Eglise France. A memorial to the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment who served in Normandy WWII it is at the western end of the La Fiere.
Written November 5, 2018
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lynda l
Normandy, France65 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
A very well kept area and a moving and impressive monument to some very brave men. Situated on the banks of the Merderet River and very close to the site of the annual parachutistes drop near 6th June. Good access and parking.
Written January 22, 2018
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jessfraz22
Batavia, IL41 contributions
Mar 2017
This was an out-of-the-way location which we were taken to by the tour guide. I don't know that I would have gotten much out of it by going alone. Unless you have knowledge or connections to the battle there is not enough stand alone information.
Written September 5, 2017
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Bill B
Baton Rouge111 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
If you don't know the history of what happened here, then it will just be a monument without much to see. It's a short drive from Sainte-Mere-Eglise, so easy to stop for a few minutes to see and contemplate.

If you know what happened with the German counter-attacks and American paratroopers holding the bridge against three tanks, then it will be meaningful, but do your research first to get the context.
Written June 21, 2017
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JT_Turner3
Phoenix, Arizona5,127 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
The La Fiere battle site is not a huge area and without a guide or maps of the battle, it is difficult to visualize what happened here. This was an important road and bridge from the coast that needed to be secured in order to move men and equipment inland as the battle progressed. The bridge and nearby manor (now a B&B) was taken over by 82nd Airborne troops at daybreak on D-Day. The entire area had been flooded by the Germans on purpose to make the battle that much more difficult. Across the little valley, you can see a small farm house where the Germans exchanged gunfire many times over the next couple days. Just off the road before the bridge, you can still see several foxholes (holes dug in the ground by troops to provide cover) - one is marked as being used by General John Gavin. After the war, the French put a monument near the bridge with an Iron Mike statue and a huge bronze display of the battle area. If you go to the St Mere Eglise church, this is not a far drive and for serious military buffs, it is well worth it to see the inland areas & hedgerows where battles were fought. This is out in the country and is not a commercialized site- no bathrooms, no services, no visitor center. Just a monument on the side of the road that is open to the public.
Written July 31, 2014
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