OBSERVER STATES ALLIES COULD HAVE HELD CHERBOURG

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OBSERVER STATES ALLIES COULD HAVE HELD CHERBOURG

From the July 1, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Larry Lesueur, Columbia Broadcasting System commentator, said in a broadcast from Normandy yesterday that the Cherbourg defenses were so strong and so well supplied that if the Allies had held the city “I am willing to bet it would not have fallen for many a day.”

“Every pillbox facing the Atlantic and the rear of the city was so heavily provisioned with food and water that they have become a rich source of loot for the liberated French people,” said Lesueur’s broadcast, as reported by Reuter.

“Every morning the people of Cherbourg may be seen visiting the fortifications and emerging laden with cheese, crackers, food and bottles of Vichy water.

“The more you see of the fortifications of Cherbourg the more you are inclined to believe that it was really impregnable from the sea and that Hitler actually believed it when he boasted about the Atlantic wall. The truth probably is he has become Maginot-minded.”



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Two French girls give American soldiers flowers during the Liberation of Cherbourg



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