UTAH BEACH

 

This was allocated to the 4th (US) Infantry Division whose assault was led by the 8th Infantry Regiment.

 

Their job was to clear a route inland to the area of the high ground around the village of Ste Marie du Mont, a route known as Exit 2. There were four possible exit routes from the UTAH area, each essentially a causeway across land that had been flooded by the Germans.

 

Having cleared the exits the 4th Division was then tasked to link up with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions which had dropped further inland, notably around Ste Mere Eglise.

 

The weather on D-Day was bad, UTAH being the most exposed of the landing beaches, & the Division landed in the wrong place. The Assistant Divisional Commander, General Theordore Roosevelt who landed with the troops, had to decide what to do.

 

What actually happened is told in our guide book ,Major & Mrs Holt's Definitive Battlefield Guide to the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches.

 

The book comes with a pull-out full colour map showing the battlefield.