This redoubtable division equipped with self-propelled assault guns under Grup.
Ostendorff, who was to be killed on June 16, was the only SS division with 2nd Panzer SS (Das
Reich) to fight in the American sector. The first contact took place June 13
south of Carentan with elements of the 2nd U.S. Armored Division
which landed on Omaha June 9.