Meeting Private Ryan: Cherbourg



Whilst the British 2nd Army, and the Canadian 1st Army continued slowing edging towards the Orne, the US 1st Army was fighting its way up to the port city of Cherbourg. Cherbourg was of key importance to the overall Allied strategy. The port had been designated in invasion logistics plans as the entry point for some 150,000 tons of stores which would need to be brought to France by 25 July if Allied battle plans were to be adequately supported.


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  1. 1.
    See details in A. Picquenot, Cherbourg sous l’Occupation (Cherbourg: Ouest France, 1983).Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    R. Lerouvillois, 32 trains pour Le Mans. 1944. Cherbourg, porte de la Liberté (Cherbourg: Isotète, 1994), p. 83.Google Scholar

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