Omaha Beach at Midnight, 6-7 June 1944

Omaha Beach at Midnight, 6-7 June 1944
This map shows the narrow American beachhead on Omaha Beach at midnight on 6-7 June. After a full day of fighting the Germans still held Colleville, and were resisting the Americans around Vierville and at St. Laurent, but the battle had moved beyond the escarpment and the Americans were close to breaking through the German fortifications.
The Devil's Garden - Rommel's Desperate Defense of Omaha Beach on D-Day, Steven Zaloga. An excellent attempt to work out exactly why the attackers on Omaha Beach took so many more casualties than on any other D-Day beach, looking at each of the possible factors that have been suggested over time and examining how valid each actually is. Comes up with some convincing conclusions, and adds a great deal to our understanding of this battle. [read full review]
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The D-Day Companion, ed. Jane Penrose. A selection of thirteen separate essays on different aspects of the D-Day lands, from the initial planning to post-war memorials; this is an excellent piece of work that sets the D-Day landings firmly in context. An excellent starting point for anyone who wants to learn more about Operation Overlord, but its wide range of topics means it is likely to be of value to anyone with an interest in the subject. [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (14 May 2009), Omaha Beach at Midnight, 6-7 June 1944, http://www.historyofwar.org/Maps/maps_omaha_midnight.html

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