Soldiers from the 4th US Infantry Division were the first to land on Utah Beach at the start of the D-day landings. These troops liberated the small village of La Madeleine and La Grande Dune before moving inland to link up with the soldiers from the 101st Airborne at Sainte Marie Du Mont.
The patch that was worn on the left arm of their Uniforms was inherited from the original division of World War I; the insignia is composed of four green ivy leaves attached at the stems and opening at the four corners of a square on a brown background. The word "i-vy", as pronounced, are the characters used in the Roman Numeral "IV". They later became known as the “Ivy Division” or the “Ivy League”; their motto was “Steadfast and Loyal”.
Our farmhouse and stable block were partially re-built in the 1950’s after suffering damage in the Naval bombardment of June 6th 1944. The house, together with the neighbouring farm, were utilised by German soldiers of 3rd Company 919 Grenadier Regiment as accomodation for the troops who were manning the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall.
Leading up to the invasion in 1944, the Germans were busy preparing defences for the expected invasion and as a result, the hapless French civilians were prohibited from moving within 1500 metres of the beach.
Our home witnessed the allied D-Day landings in 1944. All these years later, they nestle peacefully in beautiful gardens, surrounded by fantastic countryside views, just 500 meters from the beach.
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