Yesterday, 20 June, 1944 at Delasse, the 313th Regiment made contact with the German fixed defenses around Cherbourg. Throughout last night and today (21 June, 1944), patrols were sent out to feel out the enemy’s strength and to attempt to find weak spots in the line. The bulk of the action today occurred to the right of the 79th Division, as the 4th Division broke through the German defensive line to capture Hill 178 and Hill 158. Tonight, broadcasts are being made into Cherbourg urging the Germans to surrender. The ultimatum is set to expire tomorrow.
The artificial “Mulberry” Harbor facility at Omaha Beach was destroyed in a storm a couple of days ago. The capture of Cherbourg and its port facilities has become more critical.