The 29th Infantry Division had one of the hardest of hard times on D-Day. Not only was it destined to land on Omaha Beach, but, unlike the 1st ID, landing beside it, the 29th had no combat experience. This was to be its baptism of fire.
Once driven inland under the exemplary and inspirational leadership of Major General Norman Cota the division pushed deeper and deeper into the bocage against a mix of German units, the 352nd ID, Ost units, as well as elite Fallschirmjaeger.
Their eventual goal was the town of St.Lo, but to get there they would have to overcome resistance in villages such as La Valence.