Omaha Beach was the second of five landing sites chosen by the Allies to open the “second front” in Europe during World War Two (WW2). Codenamed Operation Overlord, the massive amphibious assault on the Normandy coastline on June 6 1944 became known as D-Day.
Omaha Beach was attacked by units of the U.S. 29th and 1st infantry divisions, many of whose soldiers were drowned during their approach to the shore or killed by the heavily armed and well entrenched German defenders on the heights commanding the beach.
Flat, open and devoid of any cover for the infantry, Omaha Beach was the perfect killing ground. The men of the 116th Infantry, 29th Division suffered appalling casualties in the first assault wave.
Official casualties for “Bloody Omaha” were 2,500 men killed, wounded or missing. Today historians believe the true casualty figure is nearer 5,000 men killed, wounded or missing. However, by day’s end the Germans defenders were routed, and Omaha in American hands.
This design features an authentic WW2 photograph taken during the D-Day landings.