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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2019 1:01 p.m. PST

… for Saint-Lô.

"WHAT SEEMS inevitable in hindsight often isn't in the present moment. Such was the case 43 days after the D-Day landings. Even as American, British and Canadian forces were slogging their way inland through Normandy's hedgerows, in some places losing a man for every yard gained, the outcome of the Allied invasion of France still hung in the balance.

Crucial to the success of the campaign was the capture of Saint-Lô, a tiny French town 20 miles in from the coast. A strategically vital crossroads for the whole of Normandy and beyond, its capture on July 19 after nearly two-weeks of intense fighting was pivotal to the long-awaited Allied break-out across Europe. German generals would later say it was during the fight for places like Saint–Lô where they "lost the war."…"
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