The town is located a few miles inland of Utah Beach, one of the D-Day beaches where the invaders were American. American paratroopers were dropped near the town a few hours before the invasion and a fierce battle ensued; parts of it are portrayed in the film The Longest Day.
|Routes through Sainte-Mère-Église|
|Cherbourg ←||NW SE||→ Bayeux → Caen|
|ENDS AT CARENTAN ←||N S||→ Saint-Lô → Rennes|