Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
Major and Mrs Holt's
Battlefield Guide Books and Maps - the very best
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps

Illustrated guide books and maps of the First & Second World Wars


 


UTAH BEACH

UTAH beach is the most westerly of the two American landing beaches and was closely tied up with the airborne landings of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.

The airborne landings were scheduled for 0130 hours on 6 June and one of their tasks was to secure the exit roads from UTAH beach for the seaborne landings -one which they achieved despite being dropped over a wide area. Today those exit roads are named after individual American soldiers.

The landings from the sea were those of the 4th Infantry Division commanded by Major General Raymond O Barton and they began at  0630 hours. Despite landing in the wrong place the Division, spurred on by Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, made a successful landing and by the end of the day over 23,000 troops had come ashore with just 210 being killed. At the Divisional D-Day rehearsal at Slapton Sands in England more than three times that number had been killed.

There are several memorials around UTAH and in the centre of their landing area is the UTAH Museum built around a German blockhouse which offers a panoramic view of the landing beach.

Details of the actions here, a suggested tour route and pictures of what there is to see are in our guide book. More details can be seen by clicking HERE.