Buried in Paper:

The D-Day Documents

Part 7: Captured German Analysis of U.S. Forces


A sunken road between two hedgerows.

American soldiers move along a sunken road between two hedgerows near St. Lo. Hedgerows bordered farm fields throughout Normandy and caused huge headaches for the Allies.

Center for Military History photo

As the battle moved into the Normandy hedgerows in mid-June, German intelligence officers were busy writing up reports on the action and suggestions on the most effective ways to hold off the Allies. In this report, by the 2nd Panzer Division, which was based inland from the beach, the writers were amazed by the quantity of Allied ammunition and the dominance of Allied air power, while taking a shot at their own air force.

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