An American GI watches the line in a Normandy hedgerow with his .30 caliber M1919 Browning machine gun just outside of St. Lô, 27th of July, 1944. After D-Day the Allies had failed to see one leg geographic feature in Normandy. The fields in Normandy were irregular in size and pattern, they were also walked in by 10 foot high hedgerows that were made up of thick tree roots and you could not see through them. The Germans quickly took advantage of this and began to slow the Allied advance to a crawl. Even M4 Sherman tanks couldn't get throw them and when they tried their soft under bellies were exposed to German Panzershrecks and Panzerfaust fire. They also experimented with fired artillery shells and filled them with TNT but this took to log and took up to much TNT. They tried fitting a bulldozers head to a M4 Sherman which worked but it would take months for them to arrive on the front lines. It appeared a stalemate was setting in. General Omar Bradley wanted to avoid a WW1 like stalemate in France so he set his eyes on St.Lô which was around 30 miles from the front lines. This objective seemed as far as Berlin to the soldiers on the ground. Bradley wanted St.Lô because he was looking for terrain that didn't have as many hedgerows and was much more open, this is where American soldiers had been trained to fight. This essential terrain could be found all around central France and St. Lô was key to get there. The fighting was fierce and casualties were very high. They still hadn't broken through the hedgerows and wouldn't till late July. On the American Homefront as 4th of July passed, no fireworks were set, no parties were made, all that was on the minds of the American people were the boys in France. By mid-July the Americans were moving into the city but, were facing increasing resistance and knew this fight would not be an easy one. When the city was finally captured thousands were dead, and sadly many more were to come with them.