Andy Rawson is a dedicated researcher and writer. He thinks nothing of travelling to North America and far-flung areas of Europe to find untapped sources. Among his many books are Walcheren, The Battle of the Bulge, Victory in the Pacific, The Bridge at Remagen and VE Day. He is to be found in North Yorkshire when not away on business or pleasure.
Cherbourg: Battleground WW2by Andrew Rawson
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Following the landings in Normandy, one of the Allies main concerns was how to supply the expanding beachhead. Having cut off the Cotentin peninsula, General Bradley turned his attentions to the port of Cherbourg, the deep-water port nearest to the American landing beaches. However, Hitler had given specific orders that the port must be held until the last man. For over two weeks three divisions battled for the ring of forts surrounding the town and only after heavy casualties was the port taken. It was, however, too late, the Germans had reduced the docks to ruins.
This book details this important, yet little known battle, giving a detailed and illustrated account of the events around Cherbourg in June 1944. Visitors to the area will also be able to visit the key sites on a series of tours around the peninsula.
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