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The American landings on OMAHA Beach - a brief summary


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OMAHA Beach is where the Americans suffered the heaviest losses of all of the beaches during the landings on D Day. The almost four miles of sandy beach is overlooked by 100 feet high cliffs on which the Germans had placed formidable concrete gun positions.

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Itinerary 2 in our book covers the whole of OMAHA beach from Dog Green to Fox Red, these being the names given to sections of the beach. It also includes the Rangers operations at Point du Hoc.

The Fighting

The initial landings were made at 0630 hours by the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Divsion and the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division attached for the assault. The 116th suffered particularly badly from heavy German fire. A National Guard formation, the 116th lost 23 men from the small town of Bedford, Virginia, alone, including two sets of  brothers.

These losses and the actions around them form the opening of the film 'Saving Private Ryan' and the severe losses on the beaches gave the landings the name 'Bloody Omaha'.

Above the sands is the beautiful American Normandy Cemetery and around the area are five museums and a number of monuments all of which are fully described in our guide book.

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Holts Battlefield Guide Book OMAHA Beach bunker WN62

German WN 62 bunker with the 5th Engineer Special Brigade Memorial and OMAHA Beach behind. This is a small version of over 500 pictures in the guide book. To the left and behind the Memorial is the American Normandy Cemetery.

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Holts Battlefield Guide Book OMAHA Beach Big Red One memorial Holts Battlefield Guide Book OMAHA Beach First US Cemetery Memorial
The picture far left is the Big Red One memorial overlooking the beach, the next one is the marker for the first US cemetery in France


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