Location:

CHERBOURG

 

Fort de l’Ouest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort de l Est

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort du Roule above the town

 

 

 

 

The sign at the entrance to Cherbourg. It was made famous by a photograph of a column of surrendered German troops being marched past it.

 

CHERBOURG was on D-Day and still is, a major port on the Channel coast of France. It was one of the major objectives for early in the D-Day campaign in order to solve the immense Allied supply problem. It was hoped that the capture of Cherbourg would remove the need to use the Mulberry harbour and the beaches. However, prior to the surrender on the 27th of June, the German engineers did a superb demolition job on the port and Cherbourg was not back to full capacity until late summer.