We start our day from Omaha Beach. La Pointe du Hoc was reserved as it was at the end of fighting, this place was taken by US Rangers using grappling hooks. Omaha was the critical beach and on the 4 miles of sands below its 100ft bluff the Allied invasion came perilously close to failure.
For D-Day, the Allies divided the 60 mile coastline into five sectors, code named from west to east: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The Americans were to land primarily on the western fronts at Utah and Omaha, while the British were tasked with capturing the eastern beaches, Gold and Sword. The Canadian forces were to lead at Juno.
D-Day landings: Operation Overlord in numbers. On D-Day, the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy. The American forces landed numbered 73,000: 23,250 on Utah Beach, 34,250 on Omaha.Like at Omaha, bombers had missed many of their targets on Juno Beach, which hampered the progress of the 3rd Canadian Division. In addition to the failed bombardment, the DD tanks at Juno Beach had fallen behind the infantry, which left the soldiers completely exposed to defensive fire from the Germans. However, by nightfall Juno Beach was captured, and the beachhead was merged with Gold Beach.Juno Gold Omaha Sword Utah The heaviest fighting was on Omaha beach. Overall the allies suffered about 10,000 casualties (dead or wounded) on D-Day itself. It's not known how many German soldiers were killed or wounded on June 6, but it's been estimated at between 4,000 and 9,000.
Chronologically, there were three definable phases to the operation on June 6th 1944: the air landings (which were centred on Utah Beach in the west and Sword Beach in the east), the air and naval bombardments of the Atlantic Wall, and the seaborne landings on the six beaches (Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword) and at Pointe du Hoc.Read More
The Beach The Defenders Naval and Air Bombardment The Attackers The Fate of the Tanks The Assault Conclusion. The landing on Omaha Beach was the hardest fought and most costly of the D-Day landings, and the one that came closest to failure. A combination of a strong defensive position, rough seas, the loss of most of the supporting tanks and artillery, a too-short naval bombardment and an.Read More
The US Army was the western invasion force, landing on Utah and Omaha beaches. Omaha was the most heavily defended of all five beaches and the Americans suffered high casualties there during the invasion. The eastern invasion force was made up of British troops, landing at Gold and Sword beaches, and the Canadians, landing at Juno. These.Read More
Gold Beach - The objectives. The 231st and 69th Infantry Brigades' mission was to establish a beachhead between Arromanches and Ver-sur-Mer then link up with the Canadians who had landed on Juno. The harbour of Arromanches, situated to the left of Gold Beach, was crucial for the future development of the Mulberry Harbour. Once Gold Beach secure, the 56th and 151st Infantry Brigades.Read More
The five sectors were codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Utah and Omaha were under American leadership, Canadian forces tacked Juno while British troops landed at Gold and Sword. The D-Day landing beaches. There were three main phases to D-Day. the air landings that focussed on Utah Beach in the west and Sword Beach to the east; the air and naval bombardments of the Atlantic Wall.Read More
Statue for the fallen soldiers for the D Day landings on June 6th 1944 above Omaha Beach at Colleville sur Mer in North France. Pointe du Hoc Normandy. Memorial for the Allied Forces who landed at Juno Beach, Bernieres-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France. A memorial to the liberating forces from D-Day on Juno Beach, Bernieres-sur Mer; Normandy, France. Normandy, France, in June 1944. The view of the.Read More
Each June 6th, those words leap to the front of one’s consciousness. They were the code names of the five most important beaches in the history of the United States — and the free world. (Ok.Read More