- Other Event
- Starts: 30/05/2019 9:00 am
- Ends: 07/06/2019 7:00 pm
Reconstruction of the US paratrooper Camp Geronimo featuring the American airborne troops in Normandy. Presence of 9 tanks.
Everyday, all day long on the camp, you will find:
- American paratrooper display: equipment and weapons
- Demolition display: mining-demining
- First Aid Station in combat zone with evacuation of casualties (ambulance)
- Reconstruction of a Post Exchange (PX), military shop that improve soldier’s everyday life
- Armored reconnaissance unit in campaign overview (tanks, armored cars, light vehicles, weapons)
- Display of military cooking. Explanations on different types of rations
- Exhibition of vehicles and equipment
Late evening on Saturday until midnight.
Between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.: Animations about pathfinders, night re-enactment with equipment and weapons.
Entrance is free of charge. The event is organised by and at the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
The Sainte-Mère-Église museum was inaugurated in 1964 right where American paratroopers were involved in fierce battles during the night of 5 to 6 June and the following days. The museum holds an important collection of uniforms, weaponry and other war memorabilia. Two additional buildings opened in June 2014.
From 1943 to 1945, the 82nd U.S. Airborne Division was deployed in all of the important operations in western Europe. It took part in military operations in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Belgium as well as on the territory of the German Reich. After the war it was stationed in Berlin as part of the occupying forces.
Reconstruction of the US paratrooper Camp Geronimo featuring the American airborne troops in Normandy. Presence of 9 tanks. Everyday, all day long on the camp, you will find: American paratrooper display: equipment and weapons Demolition display: mining-demining First Aid Station in combat zone
One of the essential missions of the 82nd American Airborne Division was to take the bridges spanning the merderet river, west of Sainte-Mère-Église. Between 6 and 9 June 1944, fierce battles took place there. To pay tribute to the numerous American paratroopers who lost their lives in this area, a statue baptized ‘Iron Mike’ was erected here.
Shortly after midnight on 6 June 1944, D-Day began with the landing of American and British airborne troops on French soil. Two U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead in the sector of Sainte-Mère-Église, to back up the landing of the U.S. infantry on Utah Beach.