Officers Quarters Near St. Lo
Not the London Savoy, but it'll do in the weeks following D-Day. Carved into a typical
Norman hedgerow and covered by canvas shelter halves and wood are "officers
quarters" on the outskirts of St. Lo. The 225th, like all of the U. S. units arriving in
the growing lodgement area behind Omaha and Utah Beaches, needed protection
from German artillery fire, and the confined bocage, while unsuitable for conducting
offensive operations, was perfect terrain for "digging in." In this shot, personal
shelters have been cut into the base of a hedgerow and "doors" fashioned from
canvas and found objects. At the end of what resembles a quiet country "lane"
(foreground) a wooden gate is visible (extreme right), doubtless leading to the
adjacent pastureland, all of which was boxed by the everpresent hedgerows,
often as thick as a Sherman tank and as tall as two men
(photo reproduced from Unit History pamphlet, 1945).
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