Omaha Beach, plage de Normandie, D-day

It was very sobering to arrive in Omaha Beach.

Omaha Beach is one of the five Landing beaches. The future of France and of Europe was at really at stake  on 6th June 1944. When you see this beach which extends over Vierville-sur-Mer, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer and Colleville-sur-Mer, you really have a clearer idea of the progress of the battles.The coastline is made of steep chalk cliffs, which rise over one hundred feet or so above the sea. Omaha beach is almost 6 kilometers long!

We as French people have to thank the 16th regiment of the 1st infantry division of and the 116th regiment of the 29th infantry division. They were the one chosen to attack this beach, and were then divided into four landing sectors.

The first assault starts at 06:36 a.m.. It will have 1,450 soldiers who will be transported by 36 landing crafts.

The tide as this time is low and it uncovers mined piles installed a few months before D-Day. However  the Americans will have to cross almost 400 meters long beach walk without having a cover before being able to get to any shelter.

Omaha beach later on will be call Omaha blood, because of the amount of soldier lost there.

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