Omaha beach was the toughest beach head breached in Operation Overlord. There where many casualties. This is for the soldiers that lost their lives to free another country.
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June 6th, 1944: Omaha was the second beach head the American troops where to take. It was 6 miles wide, and heavily defended. It was covered with mines and manned by the 352nd German Infantry Division, who where experienced and well eqipped. US 1st Army, 5th Corps where given this tough task. Almost all the senior officers of the first wave were met by lead the moment they stepped out of their higgins. The Americans had a 50% casualty rate on the first wave. eventualy the troops began to scale the cliffs with paratroopers attacking the Nazis from the rear. At the cost of 2,400 lives, the exits where secure by midday.
An American capt.
An Allied troop takes cover.
A German with a potato masher.
An American making his way to the beach.
A German that was blasted by the heavy bombardment of the Allied ships. As many casualties suffered by the Americans, there were more Geremans dead.
This soldier was one of the first out of the higgins, and one of the first to be hit with a wall of lead.
The driver of the Higgins defends his vehicle, waiting for the order to evac the wounded.
A German rushing the Allied troops.
The bunker, with a MG-42 turret and an officer making commands.
Iíve been to Normandy and the beaches a few times (always by car) and echo the authorís feelings. My sons visited with me in 2003 when they were college students; the bravery of these young men (younger than my boys) was not lost on them. I recommend this trip for everyone, but for Americans Ė it hits the heart.