1940s, Culture, History, Nostalgia, Photography, Pics, Vintage

A Very Good Find In A Very Tough Year

Life: Our Finest Hour

During WWII, the not-yet-vanquished German army occupied the north of France, including the port of Cherbourg, which they heavily fortified against seaborne assault. As the only deep water port in the region, it was particularly desirable, so American troops encircled the city in June of 1944 in the Battle of Cherbourg, and handed the Germans their asses five days later, when they surrendered. The fighting left the city in a compromised state. However, in only a month, cargo ships known as Liberty Ships began to arrive, and it became the busiest port in the entire world, with twice the traffic of New York, until the war ended. It has since merged with an adjacent city to become Cherbourg-Octeville.* In this image, we see American soldiers in Cherbourg who appear to have stumbled upon some German wine stores. I’ll drink to that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*per wikipedia

 

8 thoughts on “A Very Good Find In A Very Tough Year”

    1. I know that so many soldiers back then had never even seen the coast before, much less enjoyed a glass of wine. So you’re right about that, I bet. No basis of comparison. Or maybe they were just checking to make sure it was 13% or more ABV, like I do. 😜

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