Smoke - German Gunfire on D-Day

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Assault troops who neared the Normandy shoreline, where they would soon face unspeakably difficult conditions, had already endured a difficult crossing.

Wet with spray from the cold water of the English Channel, many had become seasick from the rolling, pitching waves. 

Hardly in the best physical condition to do battle, some of the men also endured the obscuring smoke from German guns before they left the landing crafts.

This photo depicts troops approaching shore where a smoky mist hovered along the shore.  Included in OMAHA Beachhead (6 June--13 June 1944), Chapter 3 (“D-Day:  The Landings”), at page 39, the image’s description provides more details:

MIST AND SMOKE OBSCURED LANDMARK even as late as 0730, when the support BL were landing.

This Coast Guard photograph shows LCVP's, from the transport Samuel Chase, landing troops of the 1st BLT, 16th Infantry on their assigned beach sector, Easy Red.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5197stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 28, 2016

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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