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Cherbourg lies on the northern coast of France in the Normandy region. Like Le Havre, its proximity to England made it a key strategic location. The master siege engineer Vauban designed fortifications to be built there under Louis XIV, but in 1689 construction was halted after only two years for fear it would fall into English hands. Over the next two centuries it developed into a major military port. Not being on a river, its position was not initially favorable to commerce, but it became a significant center of trade after the completion of a railroad to Paris in the 1850s.

In World War II, Cherbourg was the main target of the Utah Beach landing on D-Day in June 1944. Allied forces captured the port after weeks of hard fighting. Though the Germans had thoroughly destroyed and mined the harbor, it was deemed operational by the middle of August. From this point until the end of the war, Cherbourg became the busiest port in the world, acting as the main entry point for Allied supplies into Europe. In 2000, the city merged with a small neighboring town and is now known as Cherbourg-Octeville.

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