The Polish armored division serving with General Bernard Montgomery’s Army Group linked up with the Americans near Chambois on 19 August, closing the Falaise pocket and trapping over 50,000 Germans within it.
Tens of thousands more had been killed in the fighting or lost their equipment in the pursuit.
In Brittany, Saint-Malo fell on the 17th and Brest, Lorient and Saint-Nazaire went under siege.
General George S.
Patton’s Third Army pushed on towards Paris, seizing Orleans on the 16th and forcing the Seine River at Mantes on the19th.
The Allies poised for yet another encirclement of German forces and destroyed many others in the course of the pursuit.