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Cotentin

(kôtäNtăN`), region of N France, in Normandy, roughly coinciding with the peninsula formed by Manche dept. and extending into the English Channel. CherbourgCherbourg
, city (1990 pop. 28,773), Manche dept., NW France, in Normandy, on the English Channel, at the tip of the Cotentin peninsula. It is a naval base and seaport, and a major industrial center where submarines, oil tankers and platforms, electronics, and metals are
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 is the chief port, and there are numerous fishing ports. The lambs of the Cotentin breed of sheep are highly esteemed for their meat. Cattle are also raised in the region. Much of the land is divided by hedgerows into small fields and apple orchards. An old Norman county, Cotentin takes its name from its historic capital, Coutances.

Cotentin

 

a peninsula in Normandy in northwestern France, bounded by the Bay of the Seine, the Gulf of St.-Malo, and the English Channel. The coasts are mainly low and weakly broken; they are rocky in places in the western part of the peninsula. The Cotentin Peninsula is principally composed of sandstone, granite, and shale. The surface consists of a hilly plain with heights up to 191 m, dissected by river valleys and ravines. There are meadows and heaths in the area. Livestock raising and horticulture are important occupations. The port of Cherbourg is located in the northern part of the Cotentin Peninsula.

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Since D-Day the Germans had held a line across the base of the Cotentin Peninsula running west 90 kilometres from Caen at the mouth of the Orneto Coustance.
At Normandy, the 4th Military Police Platoon landed in five groups at Utah Beach on the Cotentin Peninsula.
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The NEPTHYD (Normandie Energie PiloTe HYDrolien) tidal energy pilot farm will be located at Raz Blanchard, west of the Cotentin peninsula, in the English Channel.
It included a large contingent of Norman mercenaries led by the two eldest of 12 brothers who were to leave the village of Hauteville on the Cotentin Peninsula to seek their fortunes in southern Italy.
The French reaction was to welcome the Doughboys ashore at Cherbourg, France, at the end of the Cotentin Peninsula, about as far from the front as they could debark.
On the right, meanwhile, Bradley's Americans were to slash west onto the northward-jutting Cotentin Peninsula to secure the vital deepwater port of Cherbourg.
paratroopers of the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions on the Cotentin Peninsula.
About 15 miles from Cherbourg on the beautiful Cotentin Peninsula.
The Normandy invasion took place in the Bay of the Seine, on the south side of the English Channel between the Cotentin Peninsula and the port of Le Havre, France.
By June 11, the Allies had secured the Cotentin Peninsula beyond Cherbourg but progress continued slowly as the Germans put up fierce resistance.
To the last man; the battle for Normandy's Cotentin Peninsula and Brittany.