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After a one-day postponement due to the bombing errors, Operation Cobra got underway on the morning of 25 July. However, Allied bombing once again resulted in friendly casualties. After order was restored, the 50th Infantry Division began the assault, advancing …
After a one-day postponement due to the bombing errors, Operation Cobra got underway on the morning of 25 July. However, Allied bombing once again resulted in friendly casualties. After order was restored, the 50th Infantry Division began the assault, advancing across a steep-banked stream that flowed east to the River Vire. Two or three fields south of the stream, they encountered the enemy’s main line of Resistance, which was centered on a cluster of buildings called La Huberderie. Enemy mortar fire fell heavily on the attackers.
La Huberderie, France
Operation Cobra was the codename for an offensive launched by the United States First Army under Lieutenant General Omar Bradley seven weeks after the D-Day landings, during the Normandy campaign of World War II. The intention was to take advantage of the distraction of the Germans by the British and Canadian attacks around Caen in Operation Goodwood, and thereby break through the German defenses that were penning in their forces while the Germans were unbalanced. Once a corridor had been created, the First Army would then be able to advance into Brittany, rolling up the German flanks once free of the constraints of the bocage country. After a slow start, the offensive gathered momentum and German Resistance collapsed as scattered remnants of broken units fought to escape to the Seine. Lacking the resources to cope with the situation, the German response was ineffectual and the entire Normandy front soon collapsed. Operation Cobra, together with concurrent offensives by the British Second Army and the Canadian First Army, was decisive in securing an Allied victory in the Normandy campaign.
Wikipedia: Operation Cobra