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Terrain and Bluffs at Omaha Beach - Impassable

Terrain and Bluffs at Omaha Beach - Impassable Visual Arts Famous Historical Events World War II

Troops making their assault on Omaha Beach did not encounter the kind of beach which draws vast crowds during summer months.  This stretch of the Normandy coast presented many challenges for both men and assault vehicles.

This image depicts such an area of challenge:

The Shingle Embankment was characteristic of the whole length of Omaha Beach. It was impassable at most places for vehicles, but afforded some cover for the assault troops.

This section is in front of D-3 draw, by the house which Maj. Bingham occupied early in the assault. German trenches were just beyond the wire on the top of the shingle. The crest line of the bluff barely shows.  From American Forces in Action - Omaha Beachhead (6 June - 13 June 1944), at page 12

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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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