In June 1944, the Americans left the Sainte-M re-Eglise and Utah Beach bridgehead and crossed the Merderet river to the Chauss e de la Fiere, taking Picauville on 10 June. Their advance was slowed following the failure of the 90th Infantry Division, but they were able to take Pont-l’Abbe on 12 June and Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte 16 June. Two days later they cut the Cotentin peninsula at Barneville, before heading north towards Cherbourg. As well as authentic eyewitness testimony, the book also acts as a field guide, including maps and both contemporary and modern photographs.
BATTLE FOR THE COTENTIN PENINSULA 9-19 JUNE 1944
The capture the port of Cherbourg, on the Cotentin Peninsula, was considered vital to the campaign in Western Europe immediately after the successful landings on June 6, 1944, as In order to supply the landed troops, the Allies had the vital need of a deep water port. The story of this battle is told by one of France’s premier experts on the 1944 Normandy Invasion