WWII Journal: Paul Farnum, 26 June, 1944

Early this morning 26 June, 1944, the 313th advanced into Cherbourg, braving snipers and clearing their sector in house-to-house fighting.  By 0800, the 313th had reached the beach in their zone. Throughout the day, the 313th eliminated scattered pockets of resistance and captured hundreds of prisoners. Paul Farnum and the 1st Battalion spent much of the day attacking four heavy concrete pillboxes with small arms and mortar fire. The pillboxes finally surrendered after being battered by anti-tank guns. Around 1600, the gun in the lower level of Fort du Roule opened fire on the city. The lower levels of the fort were not silenced until 1900.  By late afternoon Cherbourg had largely fallen. However, scattered pockets of resistance still remained at nightfall.

The 313th Regiment moved into Cherbourg today, 26 June, 1944. The city is in Allied hands except for scattered pockets of resistance. Source: U.S. Army - Utah Beach to Cherbourg, Map 28.

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