|Bocage is extraordinarily thick, and difficult to penetrate.|
|Bocage patchwork from the air. Notice how|
lanes between rows are not visible.
Apart from the ferocious opposition, GIs were being bogged down in the Normandy hedgerow country, which is known locally as ‘The Bocage’. These high medieval hedges, bordering sunken lanes, were a defender’s delight and a death trap for the attacking forces.
|Sunken lane between hedge row|
|Germans with hidden 88|
Dead livestock and the bodies of fallen soldiers from both sides, littered the fields and conditions became miserable.
All Allied hopes of a swift cross country dash were evaporating as the Germans made the liberators pay for every inch of ground.
Ellwood discusses the notorious German 88mm artillery piece
|Mulberry harbor destruction.|
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