|Archival Map showing Allied Positions on June 28, |
just after the liberation of Cherbourg. (Credit)
THE AMERICANS LIBERATE CHERBOURG!
The Battle for Cherbourg had begun eight days earlier with the American 4th, 9th and 79th Infantry Divisions heading north up the Cherbourg Peninsula. Ordered by Collins, the main assault began on June 22, but progress was slow. The German defenders were well situated in the city, but on the 25th Allied naval vessels bombarded the city, and with an effort, the 79th Infantry Div. captured Fort du Roule, and effective resistance ceased.
|German prisoners being marched through the|
streets of Cherbourg by American soldiers.
Written and Posted by William A Moore