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After the Invasion of Normandy in June of 1944 and the Allied push into mainland Europe, it was necessary to capture more German-occupied facilities to unload the supplies required for the advancing troops. The military then set their eyes on the port of Brest in northwestern France.
The Americans initially believed that capturing the port would not be that difficult, but Brest was occupied by the battle-tested Second Fallschirmjäger Division led by one of the most renowned German generals, Hermann Bernhard Ramcke.
The German paratroopers were surrounded, outnumbered, and outpowered, but they would resist for over a month against all odds.
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