101st Airborne Easy Company Memorial
Brecourt Manor, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
Location and info
The Easy Company Memorial remembers the fallen ‘Band of Brothers’ from the US 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
It stands at the corner of a field at Brécourt Manor in Normandy, a site which turned a group of exceptional men into global icons following one of the boldest assaults in WW2 history.
In the distance you can see the trees which hide the famous trench system which once housed four positions for 105mm cannons here, each covering the nearby Utah Beach area and roads the allies needed to use to get their men and armour off the beach.
Lt Richard Winters and his men from the 101st were tasked with silencing the guns in an attack which proved that a small band of men can destroy a major gun position with the right tactics and bravery. The assault is still taught in US military academies to this day.