Was the collapse of the German army at Cherbourg an nindication of their lack of military preparedness or was it a matter of the degree that West Point had developed strategic planning. What role did General Collins play in the strategic planning during the Normandy invasion and at Operation Cobra?
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Your referring to the port of Cherbourg?in Normandy. This was a prime objective for the Americans landing at Utah and Omaha beaches.General Bradley the American commander,was given the task to occupy the port within 7/10 days.It took almost 40 days.Too late to be of use to the Allies for troops and supplies to be landed. Collins did eventual capture Cherbourg by the garrison surrendering,not before they destroyed the cranes,plant etc: and mining the harbour.Making the port totally useless.Operation cobra which gave the American armies the breakout to "right hook"through Saint Lo.Collins and Patton crashed through the weak German defences.General Montgomery(British)drawing all the German armour into his battle for Caen. Thus allowing Collins and Patton the room to manouver and push on with great speed.Ultimately to link up with Montgomery at Falaise, where both armies inflicted major damage to the retreating Germans.