In memory of this battle the name of saint l was given to an escort carrier of the united states navy on october 10 1944 the uss st lo the ship suffered a dismal fate after entering service as the chapin bay on october 23 1943 it was sunk just a year later on october 25 1944 during the battle of leyte gulf by a kamikaze attack. This page covers the fighting towards the town of st l that occurred between july 3rd and july 19th 1944 there is a short description of the places and sites to see at the top of the page with more detailed explanations of the history and where the sites you want to visit fit into the overall battle. The battle for the hedgerows was scheduled to start on monday july 3 1944 29 the campaign bocage fighting bocage is the norman and french name for the style of terrain found in the western area of basse normandie lower normandy consisting of pastures boxed in by hedgerows. St l 1944 the battle of the hedgerows book examines the brutal attritional struggle in june july 1944 to overcome the determined german defense and secure st l the city was the site of a crucial cross roads and was thus a vital target for the invading allied forces the initial bombing attacks were so severe that the writer samuel . The hedgerow country of lower normandy called the bocage presented unanticipated tactical problems since it proved to be ideal for german infantry defense this book examines the brutal attritional struggle in june july 1944 to overcome the determined german defense and secure st l
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