Ste. Mere-Eglise, June 1944 NO BETTER PLACE TO DIE: The Battle for La Fiere Bridge

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Murphy, Robert M.  Ste. Mere-Eglise, June 1944  NO BETTER PLACE TO DIE: The Battle for La Fiere Bridge. (Philadelphia, PA, 2009) Photos with extensive Captions, Narratives, Foonotes, Charts, Maps, Index. 272 pages.

This 272-page hardback book is a detailed recounting of the American assault landings at Utah beach. Of the four beaches assaulted on D-Day, June 6, 1944, American troops were assigned two of them: Omaha, and Utah beaches. 

Omaha Beach saw more action, but this story is about the smaller, but just as deadly, action involving the liberation of Ste. Mere-Egliese, the first  town to be liberated in the invasion of France, which is sited a very short distance from Utah beach. 

On the second day of the invasion, one of many reinforcement transport gliders crash-landed in the fields next to the village of Ste. Mere-Eglise. Four of the eight man crew on that glider died on impact. One of these four men was a 22-year-old native of Indianapolis, Indiana. His name was Francis Jerald Higdon. 

This book is available from major online booksellers.

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