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Inside the Dead Man’s Corner

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It wasn’t a good time for museum hopping when we went to Normandy. We visited only 2 – because everything was closed (even some restaurants and most of the hotels). But it was nice as well because it was quiet and calm.

As I said before in my last post, we went to the Dead Man’s Corner Museum in located between Carentan and Saint-Côme-du-Mont. It was really interesting but in my opinion, the entrance fee was overpriced. We paid 5.90 euros per person and spent less than one hour inside before going to Utah Beach.

This museum opened in June 2004, showing the story of American airborne forces who were parachuting onto the Carentan peninsula during the D day and the German airborne troops who faced them. The actual house itself was featured during the war.

Plaque

Plaque

These soldier mannequins are from the 6 Fallschirmjäger Rgt of the German Army that were based in Carentan.

Dead Man's Corner

Dead Man's Corner

During the war, a German doctor operated on the wounded. There are some American soldiers as well who were operated by the German doctor in this corner house. I forgot the name of the doctor, but it was written in the description of this setup.

wounded

wounded

Below are gears and uniform used by Band of Brothers’ Major Richard Winters during the D-day.

Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

George Dickson’s lucky helmet – he recalled he was hit twice in the helmet but he was never hurt. Because of this, he wore this helmet the whole time during the war. There is also a snapshot of Dickson included in the paraphernalia set.

Lucky helmet of George "Birdlegs" Dickson

Lucky helmet of George "Birdlegs" Dickson

These artifacts belonged to Captain Francis Libby – Liberatori Company Commander and Lt. Roy Barnes – Assistant Platoon Leader. The Nazi flag was captured by Dickson in Carentan. Some of the US troops signed the flag and indicated the state and the city where they come from.

D-day gear

D-day gear

I was surprised when I looked up and there are soldier mannequins in the attic.

Soldiers in the attic

Soldiers in the attic

After less than one hour of exploring the small museum (they do have a store that sells military gear) – we headed to Utah Beach – where several American troops landed, including the famous Theodore Roosevelt and one of my favorite authors, J.D. Salinger.

Going to Utah Beach

Going to Utah Beach

Written by Timi

January 15, 2009 at 6:42 pm