Today 69 years ago, a young John Saarloos arived on the beaches of Normandy. He made his way to a port town of Cherbourg.
To take and Defend.
Stage Four, the storming of Cherbourg. The Americans under Lieut. Gen. Omar N. Bradley, by land, and the combined British-American forces, by sea and air, closed in for the storming of Cherbourg. But the mopping up of that port marks the beginning, as well as the end, of a major phase of the invasion. The huge volume of supplies to flow through that port is to be a build-up for big-scale action.