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 was overlooked by 100 feet high cliffs defended by German gun positions.
The initial landings were made by the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Divsion and the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division. 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'.
Our book, Major & Mrs Holt's Definitive Battlefield Guide to the Normandy
D-Day Landing Beaches, covers all the
sea and air landings.
A pull-out coloured battlefield map comes with the book.