The Normandy landings of June 6, 1944 were aided by the extraordinary action of American paratroopers who were dropped behind enemy lines to capture strategic targets such as bridges and road junctions.
Some of the landing areas of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were the towns of Carentan, Picauville and Sainte-Mère-Église. In the latter, a particular episode occurred that has gone down in history.
On the night of June 5-6, Private John Steele, struck while descending from German anti-aircraft guns, became entangled in a church steeple. He hung on the structure pretending to be dead so as not to be further shot, and only in the morning was he captured by the Germans. He then managed to escape and rejoin his unit, continuing the march to Paris.
The episode, recalled in a famous scene in the film “The Longest Day,” is one of many that occurred at those tragic and heroic junctures 80 years ago that began the liberation of the European continent from Nazism.
The contribution of airborne troops was inspired by Lighting Design agency Timothé Toury with the valuable support of CRÉLIGHT Illuminations, Goboservice’s exclusive partner for France.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the Toury-led team, known for innovative and exciting light installations, conceived four different evocative settings in both Carentan and Sainte-Mère-Église and Picauville.
In Carentan, the town hall has undergone extraordinary mapping. Five Divum 50k Zoom Led were used on the building. With these machines, with the professional support of Romain Pichand and Julie Faitout, and the expertise of Goboservice graphic designers, Toury succeeded in its intent to “paint the paratroopers in the sky” evoking the emotions of that night 80 years ago.