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omahaa1 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Troops crouch inside a LCVP landing craft, just before landing on Omaha Beach on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa2 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
A LCVP landing craft from USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) approaches Omaha Beach on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944. The boat is smoking from a fire that resulted when a German machine gun bullet hit a hand grenade. After discharging his load of troops the boat’s coxwain, Coastguardsman Delba L. Nivens of Amarillo, Texas, assisted by his engineman and bowman, put out the fire and returned to their transport.
Note the beach obstacles just ahead of the boat.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa3 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
The sinking Coast Guard manned USS LCI(L)-85 comes alongside another ship to transfer her survivors, after she was hit by German shells off Omaha Beach on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944. Note casualties on deck, including a man on a stretcher (left center) whose face has been obscured by wartime censors.
Also note binoculars atop a chart in the LCI(L)’s conning tower (upper right) and life raft (at left) with paddles secured to its side.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa4 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
A sinking Coast Guard manned LCI(L) limps alongside a transport to evacuate her crew, on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
Wartime censors have painted out the landing craft’s number, but she may be LCI(L)-85, sunk by German shell fire off Omaha Beach.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa5 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Troops land from USS LCI(L)-412 during the “D-Day” assault on Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944.
Note “half-track” weapons carriers at the water’s edge, with their guns pointing inland; troops dug in on the shore; and LCI(L)-412′s bow 20mm gunner engaging enemy targets.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa6 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
“The Jaws of Death.” A photo by CPHOM Robert F. Sargent, USCG. A Coast Guard-manned LCVP from the U.S.S. Samuel Chase disembarks troops of the First Division on the morning of 6 June 1944 at Omaha Beach.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa7 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
USS LCI(L)-553 lands troops on Omaha Beach, during the initial “D-Day” assault, 6 June 1944.
This LCI(L) was lost during this action. Look at Robert M. Leach testimony on the website.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa8 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
USS LCI(L)-553 and USS LCI(L)-410 land troops on Omaha Beach, during the initial assault there on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
Photographed from the conning station of another LCI(L). LCI(L)-553, hit by two shells, was left a wreck on the beach on “D-Day”.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa9 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Troops watch activity ashore on Omaha Beach as their LCVP landing craft approaches the shore on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
Photographed by Herman Wall.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa10 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Troops wade ashore from a LCVP landing craft, off Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944.
Note DUKWs and half-tracks at the water line.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa11 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Elements of the 1st Infantry Division on the beach during the landings on Northern coast of France, 6 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa12 Omaha Beach on D Day

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“D-Day” scene on Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944.
USS LCI(L)-553, lost at this time, is partially visible in the left background. LCVP landing craft at left is from USS Samuel Chase (APA-26).
Note vehicles and men on the beach, and “Caution .. No Signal .. Left Drive” sign on the vehicle in lower right.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa13 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
A medic of the 3d Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., 1st U.S. Inf. Div., moves along a narrow strip of Omaha Beach administering first aid to men wounded in the landing. The men, having gained the comparative safety offered by the chalk cliff at their backs, take a breather before moving into the interior of the continent. Colleville, Sur-Mer, Normandy, France.
Photographed by Taylor, 6 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa14 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
A large group of American assault troops of the 3d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st U.S. Infantry Division, having gained the comparative safety offered by the chalk cliff at their backs, takes a “breather” before moving onto the continent at Colleville-Sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France. Medics who landed with the men treat them for minor injuries.
Photographed by Taylor, 6 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa15 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Troops of the 3rd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division assemble on a narrow strip of Omaha Beach before moving inland near Colleville-sur-Mer on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
USS LCI(L)-83 is in the background, landing more men.
Photographed by Taylor.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa16 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
USS LCI(L)-490 and USS LCI(L)-496 approach Omaha Beach.
The original caption gives date as 7 June 1944, but the heavy smoke ashore strongly indicates that the view was taken on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
Photographed by Herman Wall.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa17 Omaha Beach on D Day

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Members of an American landing party lend helping hands to other members of their organization whose landing craft was sunk be enemy action of the coast of France. These survivors reached Omaha Beach, by using a life raft.
Photographed by Weintraub, 6 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa18 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Medics administer a plasma transfusion to an injured survivor of a landing craft sunk off the “Fox Green” Beach portion of Omaha Beach. Note the inflatable life belt used as a pillow.
Photographed by Weintraub.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa19 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
GIs who have landed on Omaha Beach during the early stages of D-Day man a life line to help other Americans approaching the beach in a swamped landing craft.
Photographed by Weintraub.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa20 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
U.S. Army troops administer first aid to the survivors of sunken landing craft, on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944. USS LCT-29 is in the background.
Note M1 rifles carried by some of these Soldiers.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahaa21 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Troops in an LCVP landing craft approaching Omaha Beach on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
Note helmet netting; faint “No Smoking” sign on the LCVP’s ramp; and M1903 rifles and M1 carbines carried by some of these men.
Photographed by Herman Wall.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab1 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
An American Soldier lies dead alongside an anti-landing craft obstruction on Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944. He is wearing an inflatable life belt.
Note rifles by his feet, an M1 semiautomatic rifle on the sand, with a M1903 bolt-action rifle laid across it.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab2 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
View of the invasion force off the Normandy coast, photographed from USS Ancon (AGC-4), with Omaha Beach in the background and barrage balloons overhead. The amount of smoke on the beach strongly indicates that the photograph was taken on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944. USS LST-373 is at right.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab3 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
British LCG-449 and LCG-424 (both flying U.S. flags) stand off shore in support of landing operations on the beach beyond, 6 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab4 Omaha Beach on D Day

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U.S. Army and Navy invasion commanders inspect a Normandy beach, soon after Allied forces landed there in June 1944.
Among those present are:
Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk, USN (2nd from left, in dark hat);
Rear Admiral John L. Hall, Jr., USN (center, facing camera);
Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, U.S. Army (right).
Note the beach marker behind RAdm. Hall.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab5 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Scene on Omaha Beach soon after the “D-Day” landings, showing stranded landing craft, piles of supplies, and dead Soldiers awaiting evacuation or burial.
USS LCT-199 is offshore in left center. British LCT(A)(5)-2421, USS LCT-555 and USS LCT-638 are on the beach in the center (listed from the middle distance to further away). An LCVP from USS Thurston (APA-77) is in the left foreground.
The photograph was received by the Naval Photo Science Laboratory on 14 June 1944, but was probably taken on or about 6 June.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab6 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Casualty evacuation boats in readiness on Omaha Beach, shortly after 6 June 1944.
Note: barge being beached at left, propelled by two LCMs; and ships sunk in the background to form the “Gooseberry” artificial harbor.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab7 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Scene on Omaha Beach soon after the “D-Day” landings, showing stranded landing craft and piles of supplies.
USS LCT-555 is in the center, with her stern toward the beach. British LCT(A)(5)-2421 is beyond her, to the left, lying parallel to the beach.
The photograph was released for publication on 15 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab8 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
German prisoners of war carry wounded comrades to landing craft on a Normandy beach. The injured prisoners are to be evacuated to ships offshore for medical treatment.
Photograph was released on 16 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab9 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
German pillbox on Omaha Beach serving as a U.S. Army command post, during the early days of the invasion.
Note the truck and trailer in the foreground, and the barrage balloon over the pillbox.
Taken by Combat Photo Unit Eleven (CPU-11). This image was received by the Navy Photo Science Laboratory on 14 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab10 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
U.S. Army vehicles move inland on Omaha Beach, during the early days of the invasion.
Among the vehicles present are a DUKW amphibious truck (extreme right), a Jeep towing a trailer, and a road grader.
Note the barrage balloon overhead; .50 caliber quad anti-aircraft mount in the right center; and the German pillbox in left center, which the Army is using as a command post.
Taken by Combat Photo Unit Eleven (CPU-11). This image was received by the Navy Photo Science Laboratory on 14 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab11 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
British LCT(A)-2008 (operating under the U.S. flag) approaches one of the Normandy landing beaches with fresh U.S. Army troops, 7 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab12 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
“Rhino” ferry RHF-12 underway off Normandy during the first days of the invasion, 6-9 June 1944. RHF-12 was under command of Carp. J. D. Lamont, CEC, USNR and Ens. H. E. Cobb, CEC, USNR.
Note: “SeaBee” insignia on bulldozer blade and on the “Rhino” power units.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab13 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
View of Omaha-Beach, from inside a damaged German gun emplacement at WN65, 14 June 1944.
Note vehicle park in the center, small building at left (beyond the gun barrel) and shipping offshore.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab14 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
A U.S. Army Air Forces P-38J-10 fighter (serial # 42-68071) rests on the newly constructed airfield overlooking Omaha Beach at St. Laurent, some days after the landings there. Photo is dated 14 June 1944.
Note the “Gooseberry” breakwater of sunken ships in the background.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab15 Omaha Beach on D Day

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Ships and landing craft off Omaha Beach, 14 June 1944.
Note the nest of LCMs alongside the old freighter in the foreground.
Taken by Combat Photo Unit Eleven (CPU-11).
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab16 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
USS Ancon (AGC-4), command ship for the Omaha Beach landings, stands offshore on 7 June 1944.
USS PC-564 is in the foreground.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab17 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Wrecked pontoon causeway of one of the “Mulberry” artificial harbors, following the storm of 19-22 June 1944.
Photograph credited to SHAEF-OSS. It was taken on 23 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab18 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
A pontoon causeway of one of the “Mulberry” artificial harbors, wrecked by the storm of 19-22 June 1944.
Photograph credited to SHAEF-OSS. It was taken on 23 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab19 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Wrecked pontoon causeway and other “Mulberry” artificial harbor facilities, following the storm of 19-22 June 1944.
Photograph credited to SHAEF-OSS. It was taken on 23 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab20 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Landing Ships Tank (LST) land invasion supplies on Omaha Beach, shortly after the 6 June 1944 “D-Day” assault.
LSTs on the beach include (from right to left): USS LST-312; British LST-320 and LST-321; USS LST-72; a U.S. Navy LST (LST-51_ – last digit not visible); British LST-324; USS LST-311; USS LST-49; USS LST-373; USS LST-47 and two unidentified LSTs.
Note: bow numbers of the British ships enclosed in colored blocks; crowd of shipping offshore; barrage balloons over many of the ships.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab21 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
“SeaBee” mobile repair shop on a large pontoon, used to support the “Mulberry” artificial harbor off the Normandy beachhead in mid-1944.
Note the “USS ‘Can-Do’” emblem, tent, quonset hut, tattered U.S. Ensign and Jeep on the pontoon, plus crowd of shipping in the distance.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab22 Omaha Beach on D Day

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“Rhino” ferry RHF-19 lands vehicles on Omaha-Beach, circa 10 June 1944.
USS LST-502 is in the left background. British LCT-562 is beached at right. In the right center distance is the sunken hulk of the old British battleship Centurion, which had been scuttled as part of the Omaha-Beach “Gooseberry” artificial breakwater.
Note Soldier in the right foreground, with waterproofing taped around his rifle, and the bulldozers at work behind him.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab23 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Shipping anchored off the Omaha-Beach artificial harbor, circa late June or July 1944.
The old British battleship Centurion, scuttled as part of the “Gooseberry” artificial breakwater, is in the cluster of sunken ships just above the cloud in the lower right.
Note the extensive network of roads in the hills behind the beach.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab24 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
“Roadways appear as if by magic as long lines of men and materiel stream ashore at a beach in northern France. With the beach situation well under control, there is an increasing flow of troops and supplies to reinforce the units now in combat. 8 June 1944.” (original 1944-vintage photo caption)
This view was taken on Omaha-Beach. Note the heavy guns, mobile cranes, DUKWs and other vehicles on the beach roads; former German pillbox in the lower left; LCTs unloading at low tide; and shipping off shore. USS LCT-572 is at left, broached at the high tide line.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahab25 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Troops wade ashore from a LCVP landing craft, off Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944.
Note DUKWs and half-tracks at the water line, lines of men headed inland, and M1903 and M1 rifles carried by some of the troops leaving the landing craft.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac1 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Waves batter the “Mulberry”artificial harbor off Omaha Beach, during the great storm of 19-22 June 1944.
Photographed from alongside the old British battleship Centurion, which had been sunk as a breakwater and anti-aircraft emplacement.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac2 Omaha Beach on D Day

POINTE DU HOC
U.S. Army Rangers resting in the vicinity of Pointe du Hoc, which they assaulted in support of Omaha-Beach landings on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
Photograph was released for publication on 12 June 1944.
Note Ranger in right center, apparently using his middle finger to push cartridges into a M-1 carbine magazine. The carbine and a backpack frame are nearby.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac3 Omaha Beach on D Day

POINTE DU HOC
U.S. Army Rangers show off the ladders they used to storm the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, which they assaulted in support of Omaha Beach landings on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
Photograph was released for publication on 12 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac4 Omaha Beach on D Day

POINTE DU HOC
U.S. Army Rangers rest atop the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, which they stormed in support of Omaha Beach landings on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944.
Photograph was released for publication on 12 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac5 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Aerial view, Easy red sector between Exit D3 and Exit E1, taken 6 June 1944 at 1230 hrs.

omahac6 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Aerial view, Exit D3, taken 6 June 1944 at 1230 hrs.

omahac7 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Aerial view, Exit E1, taken 6 June 1944 at 1230 hrs.

omahac8 Omaha Beach on D Day

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Aerial view of Easy red sector. Exit E1 and WN 65 in the middle left, Exit E3 and WN 62 in bottom. We can see also the anti-tanks ditchs.
(Photograph courtesy of Michel Brossas)

omahac9 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Aerial view of Easy red sector. Exit E1 and WN 65 in the middle, Exit E3 and WN 62 in the middle left. We can see also the anti-tanks ditchs.
(Photograph courtesy of Michel Brossas)

omahac10 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Wrecked landing craft during the Normandy storm, 21 June 1944.
British LCP(L)-556 is at left. The British LBK-7 (with a large “Food” sign displayed) is in the center. USS LCT-611 is in the right distance. In the right foreground is an oil-spattered LCVP.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac11 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Broached landing craft during the Normandy storm, 21 June 1944, probably at Omaha-Beach.
USS LCI(L)-92 (reported lost on 6 June) is at left, with USS LCT-199 alongside. Beyond them is USS LST-543. The British LCT-2337 is at right.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac12 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
“Rhino” ferry RHF-2 under command of Ens. J. A. Kovich, CEC, USNR and Lt. (jg) J. A. Hall, CEC, USNR and RHF-18 under command of Carp. W. W. Roberts, CEC, USNR and Ens. R. H. Wettje, CEC, USNR off Omaha Beach.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac13 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Landing craft and pontoon causeways being battered by the Normandy storm, 21 June 1944, probably at Omaha Beach.
USS LCT-25 is in the left center, sunk with her cargo of vehicles still on board. Beyond her is USS LCI(L)-497, which is listed as having been lost to enemy action on 6 June 1944.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac14 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
U.S. Army vehicles proceeding ashore on a floating causeway of Mulberry “A”, off Omaha Beach, 16 June 1944. This structure was erected by U.S. Navy “SeaBees”.
Other causeways are being prepared nearby.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac15 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
U.S. Army vehicles roll ashore on one of the floating causeways of the “Mulberry” artificial harbor off Omaha Beach, 16 June 1944. The causeway had been erected by U.S. Navy SeaBees.
Note the half-track in the lead, towing a howitzer, and the Jeep behind it with a semi-circle marking painted on its grill.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

omahac16 Omaha Beach on D Day

OMAHA BEACH
Floating causeway of the “Mulberry” artificial harbor off Omaha Beach, 16 June 1944, with a half-track rolling toward the shore.
Note tugs nested beside the pierhead in the background.
(Photograph U.S. National Archives)

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