Campaign 100: D-Day 1944 (1) Omaha Beach by Howard Gerrard, Ramiro Bujeiro, Steven J. Zaloga

By Howard Gerrard, Ramiro Bujeiro, Steven J. Zaloga

The 1st identify in Osprey's survey of the D-Day landings of global struggle II (1939-1945). The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 have been the most important amphibious army operation ever fastened. the best armada the area had ever noticeable was once assembled to move the Allied invasion strength around the Channel and open the long-awaited moment entrance opposed to Hitler’s 3rd Reich. Of the landings at the 5 attack seashores, Omaha seashore was once the one one ever doubtful. inside of moments of the 1st wave touchdown a 3rd of the attack troops have been casualties. but via the tip of D-Day the Atlantic Wall have been breached and the united states Army’s V Corps was once firmly entrenched on French soil.

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There is a string of DUKW amphibious trucks moving in column ashore. com 2 1 1 3 6 4 5 LANDINGS AT EASY RED BEACH, 0730HRS (pages 56–57) This boat section of assault troops from 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry huddle inside their LCVP as it approaches Easy Red beach around 0730hrs during the second wave of landings. The tide has already started to turn, and some of the beach obstructions (1) are already awash. A M4A1 medium tank (2) with the number 10 on its wading trunk can be seen in the water to the left.

One LCA was hit by four mortar rounds in rapid succession and disintegrated. Every single soldier in the company commander’s LCA was killed. Within moments most of the company’s officers and NCOs were dead or wounded and two-thirds of Co. A, 116th Infantry were casualties. The 1/116th Infantry lost three of its four company commanders and 16 junior officers before even reaching the shoreline. Leaderless and under intense fire, the survivors clung to any protection available, mainly the beach obstacles.

Within moments Co. F had lost six officers and half its troops. Company E, 116th RCT had the misfortune of being further from their assigned beach than any other, and landed on Fox Green. They lost a third of their men, including the company commander, before reaching the shingle. The two other companies of the 16th RCT were also scheduled to land on Fox Green, but Co. L wandered too far east and arrived 30 minutes late at the eastern extreme of Fox Green. Although suffering 35 per cent casualties, it was the only company of the first assault wave to remain a coherent unit.

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