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The Americans expanded their beachheads, capturing the port of Cherbourg, and then moved south to break through the German lines at Avranches. Spreading out to the west, south, and east, they flanked the German 7th Army and reached Argentan. The Americans moved swiftly, encountering less resistance than the British and Canadians who - after taking Caen - inched slowly southward to meet up with the Americans at Argentan. This was an attempt to cut off the German 7th Army. Fierce, bloody resistance was met at the town of Falaise.

The Germans fought to keep a corridor open for retreat, but the advancing Allied armies ultimately closed all avenues of escape. Almost 40,000 Germans managed to escape to fight another day, but 10,000 died and 50,000 were captured. For Hitler, Falaise was the worst defeat since Stalingrad. When the Allied Supreme Commander Eisenhower saw the aftermath, he wrote: "It was literary possible to walk for hundreds of yards at a time, stepping on nothing but dead and decaying flesh." Falaise became known as "The Killing Grounds".

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