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Cotentin Peninsula almost to Valognes, while the British and Canadian forces had pushed inland, south of Bayeux, and were only six kilometres from Caen. However, the German forces fought back with great tenacity and skill, and with the advantage of the close-broken Normandy countryside favouring defence, they were able to largely cancel out Allied superiority in numbers and airpower. On 19 June, a violent storm lasting four days struck the Channel. Convoys at sea were dispersed and the unloading of supplies virtually stopped. This setback further slowed the advance and allowed the Germans to reinforce around Caen, the pivot of their defence. The British and Canadian troops were predominantly engaged against this heavy concentration of German forces and the city was not totally captured until 18 July. Meanwhile, the Americans cleared the Cotentin Peninsula and pushed south, taking St Lo on 18 July. The Allied foothold was now secure, but a further deterioration in the weather delayed the breakout until 25 July. The Americans drove

D-Day - Normandy  

This guide explains tells the story of The Battle of Normandy or D-Day as it is perhaps better known. The guide contains a short and conci...