Omaha Beach was one of five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-
occupied France in the Normandy landings on D-Day, 6 June 1944, during
World War II. The untested 29th Infantry Division and nine companies of
U.S. Army Rangers assaulted the western half of the beach; the battle-
hardened 1st Infantry Division targeted the eastern half. The opposing
German 352nd Infantry Division troops, mostly teenagers with no
battalion-level training and some Eastern Front veterans, were largely
deployed in strongpoints along the coast. The initial assault waves of
tanks, infantry, and combat engineer forces were tasked with reducing
the coastal defenses to allow larger ships to land. Little went as
planned: most landing craft missed their targets, and the defenses were
unexpectedly strong. Troops could not clear the heavily defended exits
off the beach, delaying later landings. Groups of survivors eventually
improvised assaults, scaling the bluffs between the most heavily
defended points. By the end of the day, two small isolated footholds had
been won, and the original objective of a beachhead 5 miles deep was
achieved within days.
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It is a fact that a man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair
than his own. Whether he realizes it or not, he illustrates the
pertinence of the adage: So long as we are, death is not; and when death
is present, we are not. In other words, between death and us there is no
rapport; it is something with which we have nothing to do — and only
incidentally the world and nature. And that is why all living creatures
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