Normandy Invasion - UTAH BEACH

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American soldiers make their way to Utah Beach on D-Day morning, 6 June 1944.  On the beach itself are wrecked vehicles.  Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.  Click on the image for a better view.


At 0630, on the morning of June 6, Americans landed on two of five Normandy beaches earmarked for the invasion: Utah and Omaha. Thanks to National Archives and official military records, we can view pictures of that memorable day.

  • During the early phase of the landings, German shells were fired at an LST making its way to Utah Beach. 
  • Barrage balloons, attached to landing crafts and ships making their way to Utah Beach, were intended to protect men and vessels from low-flying German war planes.
  • Troops about to go ashore were still smiling.  Many would never smile again.
  • With its .50 caliber machine gun pointed skyward, for anti-aircraft defense, an Army weapons carrier makes its way to Utah Beach. 
  • VII Corps' D-Day operations at the Utah Beachhead.
  • German prisoners of war, captured on June 6th, were temporarily kept in a Utah Beach barbed-wire enclosure.

Omaha Beach, the other American D-Day landing point, had its own series of problems.

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Original Release: May 01, 2004

Updated Last Revision: May 06, 2019

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