Omaha Beach Under Trees
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In remembrance of the troops that died at Omaha Beach. Picture taken near the American Cemetery, Normandy, France.
Omaha Beach is code name for one of the sectors of the Allied invasion of France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. The beach is located on the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel. It is 5 miles long. Landings here were in order to link up the British landings at Gold Beach with the American landing at Utah Beach.Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of United States Army troops, y the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy.
On D-Day, the infantry divisions were to assault the western half of the beach. The initial assault consisted of tanks, infantry, and combat engineer forces.
The primary objective at Omaha was to secure a beachhead of some five miles. The Germans were largely deployed in strongpoints along the coast.
Very little went as planned during the landing at Omaha Beach. Difficulties in navigation caused the majority of landing craft to miss their targets. The defenses were strong, and inflicted heavy casualties on landing US troops. Under heavy fire, they struggled to clear the beach obstacles. By the end of the day, two small isolated footholds had been won, thus achieving the original D-Day objectives over the following days.
Today at Omaha, remains of the harbor can be seen at low tide.The beachfront is more built-up and the beach road extended. The geography of the beach remains as it was and the remains of the coastal defenses can still be visited.At the top of the bluff overlooking Omaha, is the American cemetery. As late as 1988, particles of shrapnel, as well as glass and iron beads resulting from explosions, have been found in the sand of the beach.
April 30th, 2011
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