The Greatest Generation Memorial Exhibit II

14th April 2014 • News • No comments

The Greatest Generation Memorial Exhibit II

With the 70th anniversary for the Normandy landings just around the corner, we will be following the latest news and programmes for the activities in and around the American sector of Normandy over the next few weeks.

It has been announced that the Carentan Historical Center (the organization responsible for the fantastic museum at Dead Man’s Corner) is to hold another “Greatest Generation” exposition in the Normandy area. Michel De Trez, who co-runs the organization with Emmanuel Allain has already staged a similar expo for the 60th anniversary, and the following press release has been produced for the upcoming second incarnation.

Original source: Paratrooper Museum. Translated by Ben Major.

The Paratrooper Historical Center-Day organizes a major event, a celebration that will focus on the story of a generation of men, the “Greatest Generation”.

This generation is the one that was 20 years old in 1944, and who came to liberate France.

Several events taking place from 30 May to 30 August 2014 in Saint-Come-du-Mont and Carentan are planned.

In June 2014 70 years will have passed since the greatest landing in history took place. On 6 June 1944, the Allied armed forces landed along the Normandy coast with nearly 7,000 ships and 160,000 men to liberate Europe from Nazi oppression. The landing was preceded by the dropping of 13,000 paratroopers behind enemy lines. They jumped from the famous C-47 Dakota, the workhorse of the Allied armies. On the ground, they wrought confusion and suffered heavy losses, but provided vital protection for the invasion troops on the landing beaches.

On the 60th anniversary, The Greatest Generation Memorial Exhibit was held in Sainte-Mère-Eglise for a period of 15 days during which more than 15,000 people visited.

This second edition, 10 years later, will focus on the men of the 101st Airborne during the liberation of Carentan.

This exhibition of 1000 m2 will be installed on historic ground, the Paratrooper Historical Center of D-Day, in the heart of the battlefield of American paratroopers at a place called “Dead Man’s Corner.”

Part of the exhibition will also be devoted to male and female war correspondents of D-Day who landed at Omaha and Utah Beach, some even parachuted with the airborne troops to cover the operation.


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