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.