Cotentin Peninsula

The Cotentin Peninsula, also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula, is a peninsula in Normandy, forming part of the north-western coast of France. It juts out northwards into the English Channel, towards Great Britain. To its west lie the Channel Islands. The jut of the peninsula provides the land to the east of it with more sheltered conditions than they would otherwise have - conditions that were essential in the decision of where to make the Normandy landings in June 1944. At the time, the Cotentin was largely covered by “bocage”; a mixture of small fields and tangled woodland, which made for hard going for the Allied troops.

The peninsula lies wholly within the département of Manche, in the région of Basse-Normandie.

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