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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in Calvados Département, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
 

Omaha Beach

 
 
Omaha Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 16, 2012
1. Omaha Beach Marker
Inscription.
Les forces Alliées
débarquent sur cette
plage qu’elle nomment
Omaha Beach et libérent
l’Europe — 6 juin 1944

The Allied forces
landing on this
shore which they call
Omaha Beach liberate
Europe — June 6th 1944


East side:
1st US Infantry Division
 —No mission too difficult
 —No sacrifice too great  .  Duty first
Forced Omaha Beach at dawn 6 June

West side:
Erected in
memory of
those

The 116th RCT 29th
Infantry Division
AUS landed here
June 6, 1944
 
Location. 49° 22.242′ N, 0° 52.783′ W. Marker is in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie, in Calvados Département. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Avenue de la Libération (Route D517) and Rue Bernard Anquetil. Click for map. Marker is on the beach close to where these coastal roads meet. Marker is in this post office area: Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie 14710, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Les Braves - To Those Brave Men (within shouting distance of this marker); Remember Omaha (within shouting distance of this marker); Omaha Beach, haut lieu du Débarquement du 6 juin 1944
The Monument image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 16, 2012
2. The Monument
(within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Aquatint (within shouting distance of this marker); Omaha la Sanglante - Bloody Omaha (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Le sacrifice des soldats américains sur la plage de Vierville (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); 29th Infantry Division at Vierville-sur-Mer (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); National Guard of the United States Memorial (approx. 1.9 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
 
Regarding Omaha Beach. On June 6, 1944, D-Day, Allied forces crossed the English Channel in 5,000 ships toward the coast of occupied France. This was the largest amphibious assault in the history of warfare. Troops were landed at five Normandy beaches with code names Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.

It was at Omaha Beach that the most intense fighting took place. The U.S Army’s 1st and 29th Divisions, with supporting units of Rangers and Engineers, faced an array of German pillboxes and beach obstacles that kept them pinned down for hours and earned for this beach the nickname Bloody Omaha. The landings
East Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 16, 2012
3. East Side of Monument
at Omaha Beach, and the eventual surge inland, are well depicted in the classic movie The Longest Day (20th Century Fox, 1962).
 
Also see . . .  U. S. Army site. A quick overview of the D-Day landings. (Submitted on September 24, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
West Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 16, 2012
4. West Side of Monument
Click on this (or any other) picture to enlarge it, which also makes the text and artwork more visible.
Monument from the Back (Ocean) Side image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 16, 2012
5. Monument from the Back (Ocean) Side
The blue sign on the base translates, “Out of respect for those to whom this monument has been built, and for safety, climbing it is strictly forbidden.”
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 764 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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