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June 25 1944 saw the Allies launch an attack against Fort du Roule, which sat on a rocky hill overlooking Cherbourg. The defences of the 19th century fort had been substantially reinforced from 1942-44, with an elaborate set of gun casemates carved into the cliff-face. It would be a difficult obstacle for the Allies to overcome, but if they wanted to take the crucial port they had no choice...Continue Reading

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