Two dead American soldiers belonging to the 3rd Armored Division, lie crumpled in a ditch next to a hedgerow just outside of the crucial city of St. Lô, Normandy, France, July 1944. I'm not posting this photo to get likes off the images of fallen American soldiers but to spread awareness that not every soldier comes home alive, but in a casket. These soldiers, like thousands of others, lost their lives and made be ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. I'm assuming they were attacking the hedgerow just above their final resting place but were killed just before they got there. Hedgerows dominated the Normandy countryside and caused many problems for the Allies. They were ancient, thick with branches and vines, and formed walls everywhere you looked. You never knew who was on the other side of a hedgerow and this crucial factor is what most likely caused the death of these two American soldiers. The Germans took advantage of the hedgerows and slowed the Allied advance to a crawl whilst also costing them thousands of soldier's lives. Allied soldiers began to develop their own tactics like faking an assault from the front and sending a larger force to flank around and eliminate the target. This didn't always work and could create even more casualties making the tactic moderately risky.