Having secured the area behind Utah
Beach, and with the 29th Infantry having captured Isigny, it was now up to the
101st Airborne to take Carentan to allow the linkup of the two American beachheads.
The 327th Glider Infantry Regiment would clear the area between Isigny
and Carentan and attack the city from the east. The 502nd Parachute Infantry
Regiment would have to attack over a causeway banked six to nine feet above
the marshlands of the Douve that crossed four bridges over branches of the river
and canals. Tough fighting got the 502nd over the fourth bridge outside of town,
where they faced a series of determined German counterattacks until relieved by
the 506th PIR. On the morning of June 12th, Colonel Robert Sink ordered the
506th’s 2nd Battalion to attack into Carentan.
Attacker: American (2nd Batt., 506th PIR, 101st Airborne)