The La Fiere Manor was the scene of intense fighting as a handful of Germans defended it from the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. One historian called the struggle at La Fière “probably the bloodiest small unit struggle in the experience of American arms.”
Shortly after the fighting at La Fière concluded, these American soldiers paused for a photographer with the heavily damaged manor house in the background. The bitter fighting at La Fière was a harbinger of combat to come in Normandy.
Cpl Johnnie M Rivas comanche 1944
Men of the 82nd Airborne Division training for D-Day, 1944. The 82nd Airborne Division was among the first to fight in Normandy, France on D-Day and were part of the largest airborne assault in history. They fought for 33 days before being relieved and sent back to England. Nearly half of the original contingent was either killed or wounded.
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