German defences and American plans, Omaha Beach

German defences and American plans, Omaha Beach
This map shows the German strong points defending Omaha Beach and the planned landing points for the first wave of American troops, with C Company of the 2nd Rangers on the far right, four companies of the 116th Regimental Combat Team on the right and four companies of the 16th Regimental Combat Team on the left. Most of the actual landings took place to the left (east) of these points.
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), German defences and American plans, Omaha Beach , http://www.historyofwar.org/Maps/maps_omaha_plans.html

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