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The village with the church and the castle
The village with the church and the castle
Neuville-au-Plain is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg-Octeville
Canton Sainte-Mère-Église
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de Sainte-Mère-Église
 • Mayor (2008–2014) André Pouthas
Area1 4.70 km2 (1.81 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 106
 • Density 23/km2 (58/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50373 / 50480
Elevation 2–36 m (6.6–118.1 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Neuville-au-Plain is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.

World War 2

On June 6, 1944, Neuville-au-Plain was one objective of the 505th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army in the invasion of Normandy. After capturing the commune early in the day, just 42 men of Company H were left to defend it. A much larger German force, consisting mainly of the 1058th Grenadier Regiment of the 91st Infantry Division, counterattacked and half of the defenders were killed or wounded in a heavy 8 hour battle. Eventually two of the American defenders, Sergeant Robert Niland and Corporal James Kelly, volunteered to remain behind. They held the German force off long enough for the rest to escape before both were killed.[1]

See also


  1. Stephen E. Ambrose (2013). D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II. Simon and Schuster. p. 316-317. ISBN 1439126305.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>