The Battle of Cherbourg
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The Battle of Cherbourg?
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World War II History Made Easy quiz.
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In the early hours of June 6, the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division and
101st Airborne Divisions landed at the base of what peninsula?
- Cotentin Peninsula
- Artourin Peninsula
- Baconin Peninsula
2) In the immediate aftermath of the
landings, the priority for the invaders at Utah Beach was to link
up with the main Allied landings further west. On June 9, the
101st Airborne Division managed to cross the flooded Douve valley,
and they captured Carentan the next day, thus giving the invaders
a continuous front.
3) Who commanded the American force during
the Battle of Cherbourg?
- Collins J. Lawton
- J. Lawton Collins
- Melvin G. Arnold
4) German forces were commanded by Friedrich
5) By June 16, there were no further natural
obstacles in front of the American forces. The German command was
in some confusion. The commanders (including Field Marshal Erwin
Rommel) wished to withdraw their troops in good order into the
Atlantic Wall fortifications of Cherbourg, where they could have
withstood a siege for some time. Adolf Hitler, issuing orders from
his headquarters, demanded that they hold the line, even though
this risked disaster.
Where was Hitler's headquarters?
- East Prussia
6) Late on June 17, Hitler agreed that the
troops might withdraw but specified a new, illogical defensive
line, spanning the entire peninsula just south of Cherbourg.
Rommel protested against this order; but nevertheless dismissed
the commander of the German LXXXIV Corps, who he thought was
trying to circumvent it.
Who was the German commander dismissed?
- General Bangerbacher
- General Farmbacher
- General Beckermann
7) American troops discovered several large
caches of V-1 flying bombs were discovered in addition to a V-2
rocket installation at.
Where was the V-2 rocket installation?
8) American divisions were within striking
distance of Cherbourg. The garrison commander, Lieutenant General
Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben, had 21,000 men but many were hastily
drafted naval personnel or from labor units, and the fighting
troops who had retreated to Cherbourg (including the remnants of
von Schliebens own Division, the 709th Infantry Division) were
tired and disorganized. Food, fuel and ammunition were short. The
Luftwaffe dropped a few supplies, but these were mostly items such
as Iron Crosses, to bolster the garrison's morale.
9) The Americans launched a general assault
on June 22. Resistance was stiff at first, but the Americans
slowly cleared the Germans from their bunkers and concrete
pillboxes. On June 26, the 79th Division captured Fort du Roule,
which dominated the city and its defenses. This finished any
organized defense. Von Schlieben was captured. The harbor
fortifications and the Arsenal surrendered a few days later, after
a token resistance.
How long did some German troops cut off
outside the defenses held out until?
- July 1
- July 4
- July 8
10) The commanding general of the German
Seventh Army, died on June 28, having just been informed of a
court martial pending as a result of the capture of Cherbourg.
What was the cause of death?
- Heart attack