The Salida Daily Mail, June 12, 1944:

American shock troops captured Carentan, anchor base of German defense across the neck of Cherbourg peninsula, at 8:30 a.m. after battling through its streets in violent hand-to-hand fighting all night.

Leaving dead and wounded behind, the Nazis pulled out in face of a threat to reduce the remainder of town to dust with a heavy naval artillery barrage.

The fall of Carentan unhinged the German defenses around the perimeter of the Allied beachhead and freed the Americans for re-enforcement of their drive on Cherbourg.

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