As General Omar N. Bradley’s US First Army made its way inland following the successful D-Day landings in Normandy of June 6, 1944, the immediate objective was to capture the Cotentin peninsula and secure the viatal port of Cherbourg. On the remainder of their front the Americans essentially went into a holding pattern, waiting for the fall of Cherbourg, at which point all energies would be directed towards a break – out to the south. The axis for any such attack lay along the main road south from Carentan, leading to the key objective, the city of St L. Phillip Bradley tells the story. Following my Father’s Footsteps Jean Paul Pallud tells us the moving story of his father’s involvement in the Second World War and re – traces his footsteps today. From the Editor – Readers’ letters and follow – up stories on previous issues.