6th Fallschirmjager Regiment
Carentan - Normandy France
|Carentan lies at the base of the Cotentin peninsula, Normandy France. This city was a crucial objective of
the American 101st Airborne Division and a concern of the German 6th Fallschirmjager Regiment (FJR).
Carentan was essential to linking up the beachhead inland between the beaches codenamed Omaha and
Utah. The German Army believed that driving through Carentan to the coast would create a significant
wedge between the two American beachheads.
Carentan was captured by the 101st Airborne Division on June 12th 1944.
The helmet shown below is a Second Model German Fallschirmjager Helmet found near Carentan. This
helmet had been buried for almost 60 years.
|Map of Normandy France, above photo.