Normandy Invasion, 1944
From the Moving Images Relating to Coast Guard Activities series.
See our past D-Day posts, including Eisenhower’s Order of the Day, and his hastily drafted “in case of failure" note, and a detailed sketch of a typical Platoon Leader in full battle dress.
Dressed for Land and Sea
The images of landing craft approaching the ominous Normandy beachhead are fairly ubiquitous today so instead we have this detailed illustration of a typical platoon leader in full battle dress.
This drawing by combat historian Lt. Jack Shea, who was attached to the 29th Infantry Division, gives you sense just how prepared these troops needed to be, both for their initial amphibious assault, and for days of slogging through the potentially treacherous Normandy countryside.
This photograph shows the USS Nevada providing naval gunfire support for the troops storming Omaha and Utah beaches in Normandy. During the first 3 days of the invasion, the battleship fired 876 rounds of 14-inch and 3,491 rounds of 5-inch ammunition. The ship’s ten 14-inch guns threw 1,800-pound shells that landed as far as 17 miles away.
June 6 - D-Day Statement to Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force
This order was issued by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to encourage Allied soldiers taking part in the D-day invasion of June 6, 1944.
Almost immediately after France fell to the Nazis in 1940, the Allies planned a cross-Channel assault on the German occupying forces, ultimately code-named Operation Overlord. By May 1944, 2,876,000 Allied troops were amassed in southern England. The largest armada in history, made up of more than 4,000 American, British, and Canadian ships, lay in wait, and more that 1,200 planes stood ready. Against a tense backdrop of uncertain weather forecasts, disagreements in strategy, and related timing dilemmas, Eisenhower decided before dawn on June 5 to proceed with Overlord. Later that same afternoon, he scribbled a note intended for release, accepting responsibility for the decision to launch the invasion and full blame should the effort to create a beachhead on the Normandy coast fail. Much more polished is his printed Order of the Day for June 6, 1944, which Eisenhower began drafting in February. The order was distributed to the 175,000-member expeditionary force on the eve of the invasion.