World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF FRANCE: Hold & Hit

The Americans had taken Cherbourg.

After three weeks of backbreaking work and soul-testing battle, the first major objective of the Allied invasion had been won. An open wound had been gashed in the body of the German military system. At least 20 enemy divisions were involved in the Normandy fighting. That in itself was proof positive that Normandy was no longer a beachhead: it was a front.

In Cherbourg the Allies were taking over one of the best commercial seaports in Europe. Here they could bring heavy military supplies in ocean-going ships. Convoys...

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