|July 11th, 1944|
St. Lo. Breakthrough
July 11th-18th 1944. After a week of stagnant, cautious fighting through dense hedgerows of the Normandy bocage, the U.S 29th infantry division is just a few miles North from the city of St Lo. The American advance is confronted with swelling resistance from the German 352nd infanterie division. The fighting is rigorous and brutal, a battle of cunning and sheer guts, of bayonets and hand grenades, of men making quick dashes across open fields. Continuing its determined advance, despite suffering mountingcasualties, a formidable American attack pushes into the German left flank attempting to capture the high ground called Hill 108. This terrain dominates the St. Lo area which is nestled below in a saucer-like valley at the bend of the Vire River. Defending the Isigny-St.Lo highway is key to halting the U.S advance into the strongly held city.