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D-Day - German Pillboxes at Omaha Beach

D-Day - German Pillboxes at Omaha Beach Visual Arts Famous Historical Events World War II

German forces constructed pillboxes from which they could fire at anyone approaching from the Normandy coast.  This image depicts one of those pill boxes.

We learn more about this particular defensive structure, and how it was positioned so as not to be readily observed, from American Forces in Action - Omaha Beachhead (6 June - 13 June 1944), "Assault Plan," at page 23.

PILLBOX NEAR VIERVILLE DRAW (D-1). Placed on the beach flat, this gun was able to deliver fire eastward across the mouth of the draw and down the length of Dog Green toward les Moulins.  A sidewall screened the gun's muzzle blast from observation from seaward.

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Media Credits

Image described above, online courtesy HyperWar Foundation and iBiblio - The Public's Library and Digital Archive at University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

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