June 8, 1944

First French Town Liberated
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE—Allied forces have liberated the first French town, it was reported today in a communiqué from Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). The town of Bayeux has been take from Nazi forces, which had heavily fortified the town. Bayeux is located five miles inland from the invasion beaches and a point on the Cherbourg-Caen-Paris railway. A major highway also runs through the city. Liberation of Bayeux cuts both of those arteries, which helps to further isolate the Axis forces on the Cherbourg peninsula. Bayeux is an historical cathedral town famed for the tapestry bearing its name that depicts the Norman invasion of England in 1066.

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