The Festung Cherbourg was mainly defended by soldiers of 709. Infanterie-Division and fell on 26 June 1944 to the US VII Corps under Brigadier General J. Lawton Collins after a week of heavy fighting after the D-Day landings.

Commander

Generalleutnant Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben

Order of battle

709. Infanterie-Division

US forces with German prisoners after the fall of Cherbourg
cherbourg-prisoners
(Courtesy of the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives)

US forces in Cherbourg
cherbourg-usforces
(Courtesy of the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives)

Sources used

Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Steven J. Zaloga - D-Day Fortifications in Normandy

Reference material on this unit

- None known at this time-

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