CAUQUIGNY, France — More than 600 American and allied paratroops jumped onto a field outside this tiny farming town in rural Normandy Sunday, re-creating a daylight version of the airborne invasion here 70 years ago.
German forces kept the Americans who jumped into this drop zone from achieving some of their objectives. But the battle was also marked by bravery. A memorial to Charles Deglopper, an 82nd Airborne Division soldier whose actions earned him the Medal of Honor, stands alongside the road near where the paratroops landed Sunday.
The airborne assault by more than 13,000 soldiers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions on June 6, 1944, enabled the success of the beach invasion by thousands of Allied ships and entire armies of troops hours later.