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EN IMAGES - La libération de Cherbourg il y a 70 ans

Par Bénédicte Courret, France Bleu Cotentin mercredi 25 juin 2014 à 12:19

La gare maritime de Cherbourg après la libération.
La gare maritime de Cherbourg après la libération. © MaxPPP

Le 25 juin 1944, les Alliés lancent une offensive finale pour libérer Cherbourg. Tous les moyens sont mobilisés à terre, comme en mer ou dans les airs. Les combats sont très violents mais la libération de la ville du Nord-Cotentin est présentée comme la première grande victoire alliée du Débarquement.

Le 25 juin 1944, était lancée l'offensive finale de libération de Cherbourg. Des combats très violents et particulièrement impressionnants qui laissent la ville ravagée (voir images et vidéos plus loin). C'est la première grande victoire alliée du Débarquement.

À l'époque, le Cherbourgeois Robert Lerouvillois avait dix ans. Cherbourg avait été presque complètement évacuée avant l'arrivée des alliés et lui était à Flamanville. Mais une fois la bataille du Roule terminée, il garde un souvenir très précis de son retour chez lui : "Il y avait le soulagement d'être libéré mais les gens se demandaient ce qui allait se passer ".

Robert Lerouvillois avait 10 ans en juin 1944 à Cherbourg

Vidéo : les Alliés attaquent par la mer pour libérer Cherbourg (Ouest-France).

Voir aussi la libération de Cherbourg dans les actualités britanniques (en anglais).

Bal guinguette, feu d'artifice, expositions, etc. : le programme des animations organisées à l'occasion du 70e anniversaire de la libération de Cherbourg.

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