Of the landings on the five assault beaches in Normandy on D-Day, Omaha Beach was the only one ever in doubt. Within moments of landing, a third of the assault troops in the first wave were casualties. The difficulties encountered on “Bloody Omaha”were due to the more difficult terrain on this coastline, the unexpected presence of a first rate German division at the beach and inadequate fire support. Yet in spite of all these problems, by the end of D-Day, Hitler’s Atlantic Wall had been breached and the US Army’s V Corps was firmly entrenched on the French coast.
Join us on one of the most famous beaches in the world and see for yourself the daunting task that awaited the men when they had landed. Listen to the incredible personal stories of valour, inspiration and leadership that ultimately led to victory on the day for the US forces.
- D-Day Festival in Normandy (villalara.wordpress.com)
- World War 2 in Normandy. Omaha June 6 1944 by Echi Aaberg (historychannelfromthewar.com)