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D-Day produced thousands of code names, acronyms, abbreviations and many other strange and unusual terms and names!

We have compiled a list of some of the most common terms related to D-Day. If you think something is missing, please let us know.

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A type of thick hedgerow found in Normandy in 1944 and often impossible for tanks to move through. Often the bank of the hedgerow could be six feet high. Bocage can refer to either a single hedge or larger areas of Normandy that had this kind of terrain.

Modern farming methods mean that much of the bocage has been removed since the end of the Second World War.