First Wave Landings

First Wave Landings Famous Historical Events Visual Arts World War II Geography

This map, depicting the “First Wave Landings,” details the planned landings, the actual landings and the lay-out of German-defensive placements and strong points. 

Included in OMAHA Beachhead (6 June--13 June 1944), Chapter 2 (“Assault Plan”), at page 30, the map’s narrative there provides more details:

Air and naval bombardment was designed to soften up the beach defenses; the main job of reducing them and breaking through inland would have to be done by the assault landing teams. These had been built up to include every type of specialized technique and weapon needed in the fight at the beach. Every unit, down to the smallest, had been trained to carry out a particular task in a definite area...

Media Credits

From the "American Forces in Action Series," OMAHA Beachhead (6 June--13 June 1944) was compiled by the Historical Division of the War Department. 

Of this series, General George C. Marshall (then Chief of Staff) said:


AMERICAN FORCES IN ACTION is a series prepared by the War Department especially for the information of wounded men. It will show these soldiers, who have served their country so well, the part they and their comrades played in achievement which do honor to the record of the United States Army.


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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