During the first minutes of June 6, the 101st Airborne soldiers were dropped all over Sainte Marie du Mont and its region. Immediately some skirmishes and firefights took place in various points and specially around the church and its very original steeple. It was an excellent observation post covering all the surrounding area and of course the Germans were using it.
According to the plans made in England, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, commanded by Colonel Robert Sink, would attack the town with about a thousand men. Its 2nd Battalion would seize Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and its Kommandantur and also the next hamlet, Pouppeville, that is located between the beach and Sainte Marie du Mont.
In reality, due to the scattering of the parachutists, Colonel Sink was able to assemble only 75 men to seize the town which was taken immediately after the drop and secured.