By Ken Ford
One of many key targets of British forces on D-Day in the course of international battle II (1939-1945)was the seize of the strategically very important urban of Caen. normal Montgomery observed Caen because the key to Normandy and the springboard for the Allied breakout, yet so did the Germans and the town didn't fall. It took 3 significant offensives and greater than 30 bloody days of fight to eventually take Caen. within the strategy town was once controversially devastated and its civilian inhabitants decimated. The Allies paid a excessive cost for Caen however the terrible German casualties bled their forces in Normandy white and helped open the best way for the yank breakout in Operation Cobra.
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