Omaha Beach, D-Day (June 6, 1944)
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Omaha Beach, D-Day (June 6, 1944)

November 22, 2019


On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the biggest amphibious landing operation the world has ever seen: Operation Neptune. Around 175,000 men stormed the beaches of Normandy, in France, reopening the second front in Europe against Nazi Germany. 50 miles of landing zone was divided into 5 sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. In all 5 sectors, Allied troops, despite the element of surprise, sustained great casualties. However, one of them was more devastating than the others. At Omaha Beach, US soldiers suffered the greatest difficulties in achieving their objective. The price they paid on this beach rightfully earned it the nickname: “Bloody Omaha.” As an assault force for securing Omaha Beach, the US Army engaged 43,000 men of the 5th Corps, organized into 2 regimental combat teams. The first was the 16th Regimental Combat Team, made from the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division. This was the most experienced unit in the entire US Army. The second was the 116th Regimental Combat Team, formed out of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the National Guard 29th Infantry Division. Each team was allotted a tank battalion for fire support. The 741st Tank Battalion supported the 16th RCT, and the 743rd Tank Battalion offered assistance to the 116th RCT. Both groups also included engineering teams, whose task was to breach German obstacles on the beach. As an extra support, 2 Ranger battalions, the 2nd and the 5th, were added, with the task of eliminating the German artillery battery at the nearby Pointe du Hoc village and supporting the western half of the beach. In March 1944, the battle-hardened 352nd Infantry Division replaced the under-strengthed 716th Infantry Division at the bayou sector of the Normandy defenses. The unit consisted of Eastern Front veterans and fresh conscripts. It consisted of 3 regiments: the 914th, 915th, and 916th Grenadier Regiments, reinforced with the 726th Infantry Regiment of the 716th Infantry Division. The strength of the German defense was 7,800 soldiers. These men were organized into 13 strongpoints of “Wiederstandnest,” positioned in such a manner to protect the draws, the gullies that cut through the bluffs, allowing for exit off the beach. Each strong point was able to provide covering fire to the neighboring ones. The assault sectors at Omaha were codenamed by the US Army, from West to East, as “Charlie Dog,” consisting of Green, White, and Red sections: Easy Green and Red sections, and Fox Green section. The plan was for the 116th RCT to landed Dog and Easy Green sectors. And for the 16th RCT on Easy Red and Fox Green. As it turned out as the battle unveiled, the situation on the beach made the plan completely futile. Between 0200 and 0300 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, the Allied fleet arrived off the coast of Normandy. As they reached the transport area, soldiers embarked transport ships on waves that were up to 6 feet tall. As they were moving towards the coast, they had the expectation that the Air Force and the Navy had already prepared the field for their arrival. The truth was completely different, as both bombers and naval artillery missed their targets because of bad weather. Not a single strong point was destroyed when the first assault wave appeared on Omaha Beach. Infantry couldn’t even count on amphibious Sherman tanks that were supposed to provide covering fire on the beach. Out of the 29 tanks of the 741st Tank Battalion sent in the first wave, only 2 managed to reach the beach. Others sunk to the bottom of the channel, as the high waves were too much for their flotation screens. Bad weather conditions also forced the landing craft to disembark troops further from the beach than planned. In some cases, the soldiers had to jump into water that was over their heads. Those who didn’t drown had to make great efforts to reach the beach, fighting with big waves, while wearing heavy equipment. Most of them were too exhausted to advance through the beach obstacles. To make the situation even worse, assault troops were exposed to German fire, as soon as the ramps on the LCP were dropped. Exposed to fire from deadly MG42 machine guns, 76mm field guns, 50mm mortars, and mounted 50mm guns, many soldiers were killed instantly before they even jumped into the water. This wasn’t the end of it for American assault troops, as low tide and strong wind caused the landing craft to land east of their designated zones. For the 9 companies of the first wave, only 2 landed where they were supposed to. Others were lost as they found themselves on terrain they were not familiar with. With the command structure broken and only with a few tanks to support them, the American soldiers were forced to organize “ad hoc units” and to act on their own. At 0700 hours, the second wave approached the beach. They were expecting to land on clear terrain, but were welcomed in the same manner as the first wave. By 0900 hours, casualties were around 50%. The greatest fighting was around strongpoint WN-62. The first breakthrough was when soldiers of Easy Company of the 16th Infantry managed to find an unprotected gap between the 2 enemy strongpoints. After they reached the bluff, they climbed it and made a lateral attack on the German bunkers. Since soldiers on the beach were lacking heavy firepower, a decision was made to send in destroyers to assist the assault. They approached to a distance of 1000 yards from the beach, risking to run aground, and commence shelling on the German strong points. It was because of this assistance and fire from tanks on the ground that the German defenses began to fade. By noon, many strong points were neutralized and most of them had run out of ammunition. Assault forces managed to make 4 major breaches: 1 on Dog White, 2 on Easy Red, and 1 on Fox Green. By the end of the day, the breaches were widened, allowing for more progress inland. As D-Day was coming to an end, assault forces on Omaha Beach were still in a vulnerable situation, as the beach was still not completely secured. Fortunately, Allied airpower managed to cut off German reinforcements and other sectors had more success, so German forces weren’t able to counter-attack. The 16th and the 116th Regimental Combat Teams managed to put under their control a piece of territory 10,000 yards wide and 2-3,000 yards deep. For this small area, they paid a great price. 2,000-5,000 had been killed, wounded, or missing in action. It was only after 2 days that the initial D-Day task was complete. The beachhead was secured and a connection was made with Gold Sector. Of all 5 beaches, Omaha was the only one where Allied troops were put in danger of a complete defeat. It was because of the improvisation of the men on the beach, that turned an initial disaster, into an eventual victory.

100 Comments

  • Reply jeff data October 6, 2019 at 1:45 am

    would u swim in that beach for 2 hrs for 2k

  • Reply Thomas Nesbitt October 6, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Hold up the 5th ranger division landed on omaha

  • Reply fuzzy apple pie October 6, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Halo announcer at the beach.

    Double kill.

    Triple kill!!

    Killing spree!

    Killing frenzy!!

    RUNNING RIOT!

    UNTOUCHABLE!!

  • Reply Suyan Mayooran October 6, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Live France

  • Reply Lurc October 6, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I WENT THERE FOR SCHOOL it was scary

  • Reply Badal Kumar Nayak October 7, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Saving Private Ryan

  • Reply p0kerViK1N67 October 7, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    This is fucking great.

  • Reply Albert Einstein October 7, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Why didnt they send the ships earlier?
    Edit: Ik the tanks didnt make it since most of them if not all broke down before landing despite the procedures and modifications to make them not fry

  • Reply Nifty Editz October 9, 2019 at 6:07 am

    “simple history” so the 112th regiment of the 59th battalion in 728th tank unit of the 23rd battalion of the national guard landed on omaha

  • Reply Dee Jay October 9, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    6:00 M1garand PING!

  • Reply Shiro Yasha October 9, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    that's why we should leave the amphibious assault to the marines

  • Reply _merijn Bosman_ October 10, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I go to holiday to ohama beach

  • Reply Einigkeit&Recht&Freiheit October 11, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Der wirkliche Deutsche findet seine Befriedigung und sein Bekenntnis zur deutschen Ehre im Dienst am Vaterland.

  • Reply NightShadeBros October 12, 2019 at 4:08 am

    My Great Grandpa Fought in this battle Rest in peace for all the men and my great grandpa who died

  • Reply NOCS October 13, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Heinrich Severloh 2:44

  • Reply Aelvir October 13, 2019 at 5:59 am

    7:40 Yes, I’m sure the assistance of HMS Warspite bombarding enemy batteries and positions without the use of rangefinders after Arkansas guns has worn out and Texas had left for Plymouth to reload had nothing to do with their chances. There’s more to Omaha Beach and D-Day in general than the Soldiers

  • Reply charles laurence nalzaro October 13, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Thank God. Zussman, Daniel, Pierson and Turner was there

  • Reply peter ambrack October 13, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    i study ww2

  • Reply JStop88 40 October 14, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Well you're obviously a smoker

  • Reply Nicholas Pinedo October 15, 2019 at 3:27 am

    I noticed a soldier carrying a Bangalore near a tank obstacle or a "Hedgehog"

  • Reply Aaron davies October 15, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    You mean operation overlord? Lool

  • Reply Wim Godts October 15, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Why did the american soldiers complain about the weight it's because they had there gravestone in there back pack

  • Reply JackNorris - October 16, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Zussman hang in there buddy like if you get that reference

  • Reply Tomas d October 16, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    i’ll see you on the beach

  • Reply dbz hudson October 17, 2019 at 2:13 am

    My Grandpa fought the 2 on Ohmaha beach and lived

  • Reply Alexander Yoho October 17, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    This is the definition of patriotism. Not oil or money. Thank you to all for giving your lives. Thank you all.

  • Reply Alexander Yoho October 17, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    The desert fox was the man that designed the beach defense.

  • Reply FlameTheWolf 777 October 20, 2019 at 1:49 am

    R.I.P To both sides as they were just doing what they were trained to do, the real murderer here is Adolf Hitler as he started the war, this is why war is an awful thing, we are here spending money on killing each other instead of advancing even further, but than again, humans had to start this trait with corruption and sin.

  • Reply Cenk Zappa October 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Minor error @ 5:11. The US marines did not wrap their guns in plastic to protect from water bc plastic had not yet been invented. We watched Saving Private Ryan in school and my History teacher pointed that out. He said it was one of the only mistakes in the entire movie.

  • Reply Flash light October 21, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Summary: US Infantries vs The Beast of Omaha

  • Reply Jerry Dalrymple October 21, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Where's Private Ryan

  • Reply Matt Noob October 21, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Best anime beach episode😊

  • Reply Jacob DeCosta October 22, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I like how you did the saveing if private Ryan intro

  • Reply Asim Abbas October 22, 2019 at 1:36 am

    WW2 Engineer: How bout we build the landing crafts so that as soon as the ramp drops they get mowed down

    Lead Engineer: Great idea, Bill!! Let your dad know I’m listening to you!! Also I want that promotion

  • Reply Lil Jojo October 22, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Nothing but respect for these men🙏👏
    Thank you for your service.
    W.A.R was never meant to be.

  • Reply anthonythebann October 22, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Those soldiars died becuz they dont have SWAG SWAG SWAG

  • Reply That Wide Unit777 October 22, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I had quite a few relatives that were apart of the first wave, almost all of them were killed, culling a whole side of my family tree

  • Reply kenji the channel October 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Soldier driver : see you on the beach make God be with you

  • Reply Theerith BOONSEN October 24, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Good job

  • Reply R.M.S Titanic Liverpool October 24, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Heinrich Severloh:Howdy.

  • Reply Josh Shaul October 25, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Actually the operation was named operation overlord.

  • Reply douglasenewman October 26, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    My grandpa was in world war 1 and world war 2

  • Reply jrxon pickle October 26, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I was born on the 50th anniversary of D-Day

  • Reply Riley Friesen October 27, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Some people say that Juno and Omaha were around the same level of difficulty

  • Reply LaminateShark91 October 27, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    My great grandpa was in the "BIG RED ONE"(from what I was told) first infantry division but he was not in D Day he was in Battle of the bulge. He lived till 92 and he has died just recently. He had many medals including the bronze star. He was also a sharp shooter and saved many people's lives by taking injured men into fox holes.

  • Reply LIGHTBULB TV October 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Go back and play d day on cod ww2. Have of this stuff was stolen from call of duty world war 2. I know cause I played it and this was made in 2019. Call Of Duty WW2 came out in 2017

  • Reply VULTURE V October 28, 2019 at 10:28 am

    imagine. the bombers hitted their target

  • Reply Debra Horton October 29, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    R.I.P the soilders whom lost their lives

  • Reply Methani K. October 29, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    German sniper in the morning:how to snipe americans

    A while later…
    German sniper after death:Why do I get counter sniped by a 14 inch high explosive shell..?
    (Go watch drachnifel's USS texas video)

  • Reply DBOSS stih October 29, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    My great grandpa peter klouga was in d day 175th infinity machine gunner 507

  • Reply Paras Verma October 30, 2019 at 2:27 am

    When i read history , i feel like Germany was outnumbered that's why they lose , morever they don't have good allies.

  • Reply TRAP October 30, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Spawn killers..

  • Reply Connor Maykrantz October 31, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Operation Overlord

  • Reply KlopsZer :v October 31, 2019 at 2:09 am

    This reminds me of COD ww2

  • Reply warrior93 October 31, 2019 at 6:12 am

    My great grandfather was WW2 vet. He passed before I was born. He only ever told my grandpa and dad two things about the war. He was on a patrol on the eve of June 5th 1944. He said he heard a buzzing. General Infantry hadn't been told about the whole operation. So he and his 3 squadmates were in shock as the buzz turned to a roaring thunder. He looked up and that's when he saw it. Planes. As far as the eye could see in every directions. Thousands of planes.

  • Reply Vin-dog 575 October 31, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    And people today complain about being "offended"?

  • Reply Sebi #минет October 31, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    After years of funding the soviets with money, the US and the british finally sends troops to die for Stalin and the bolshevik regime. It took the entire comunist and capitalist world to destroy the german revolution and bring Europe back under the heel of bankers, where it remains to this day

  • Reply Luiz Kalashnikov November 1, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Soviet Union

  • Reply McQueenRLZ November 1, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    I have never understood how US soldiers pushed through the minefield on Omaha beach? Especially if bombers missed their target due to fog?

    Did Germans make sloppy work with them?

  • Reply Mr Omega November 1, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I deeply respect soldiers

    But I’m still gonna meme

    Tanks: oopsy doopsy we’ve sunk

    Planes: we did an oopsie poopsie and oofed

    Ground units: it appears we’re #%^*[email protected]

  • Reply QMan824 Quinn November 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    20 seconds!!!!!!!!

  • Reply QMan824 Quinn November 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    The mg Sean looks like saving private ryan

  • Reply pooperscooper November 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    My grandma told me that my great grandfathers 2 brothers died in combat and my great grandfather died couple months ago

  • Reply EraLater Rodriguez November 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    God Bless The Brave Men We Lost That Day.

  • Reply Luke Sowieralski November 2, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Our sons triumphed

  • Reply SANJAY KUMAR TIWARI November 4, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Imagine going up there and just seeing your friends die

    Also salute to the heros

  • Reply GoProConner November 6, 2019 at 4:50 am

    My pronouns are

  • Reply Chocobirdy November 6, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Reminds me of the first mission, Your Finest Hour, on Medal of Honor: Frontline

  • Reply irfangamer 133 November 7, 2019 at 10:23 am

    German is stronge because is almost all soldier in german is call elite soldier…..that why german hard to defead

  • Reply Oak Raptor November 7, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    When my mom saw me watching these she looked at me like I’m a masked murderer.but she became proud that I like history and we started to talk about the stuff I liked.

  • Reply Nicholas DiGaetano November 8, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Do the other beaches.

  • Reply Logan Ramos November 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I thought it was Operation Overlord?

  • Reply Hard Time November 8, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Boys locker room when they encounter the German students

  • Reply gffj hgff November 9, 2019 at 7:28 am

    What a remarkable moment in history.

  • Reply ROBLOX Playerfriend November 9, 2019 at 8:38 am

    this is how call of duty wwii started

  • Reply Roah Kelly November 9, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I work at a veterans home and one of our guys who just passed away helped storm Omaha. The man was more badass then any of us realized

  • Reply Herbie Cool November 9, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Ping at 6:01

  • Reply TheRedGuyYT Roblox and More November 11, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    I can feel the sheer fear that of the soldiers radiating through my screen

  • Reply K.F.C Chicken November 11, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Why didn’t the battleships destroy the bunkers at the start?

  • Reply Jeff Sartain November 12, 2019 at 6:14 am

    No man who had landed at damn beach had anything to fear from life after that day.

  • Reply Tammy Barber November 12, 2019 at 9:10 am

    My pop was in World War 2 my nan's husband

  • Reply Tammy Barber November 12, 2019 at 9:12 am

    My pop got shot in the war but he didn't die by getting shot the medic got him hey just died by getting sick I didn't even get the see him 🙁

  • Reply Tammy Barber November 12, 2019 at 9:13 am

    In my whole entire life

  • Reply Rye Rod November 13, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Operation Neptune? I thought it was Operation Overlord

  • Reply roy kueny November 14, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Sad levels
    Endgame: 1
    This: 10000000000

  • Reply you know i had to do it to em November 14, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    wasnt it called operation: overlord not neptune? or am i trippin

  • Reply C720 November 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    these guys had legendary balls

  • Reply The Iron Aventador November 17, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Lies! It was the TNT minecarts that were deployed on the beach that resulted in the Allied Forces victory

  • Reply The Myth November 17, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Listen, I know half life 2 is not real life, but can you do one on the city 17 rebellion?

  • Reply Hollystar Animations November 18, 2019 at 12:26 am

    My great-grandfather served in D-Day and i wish i could of meet him

    i have so many questions and i wish i could of thanked him for his service while he was alive

    thank you for all who have served and thank you for your sacrifice

  • Reply OVER LOAD November 19, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    1944 storms normandy beaches

    1945:storms germany

    2019: LoL LeTs Do An RaId In ArEa 51

  • Reply Tyrannicle Trex November 19, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    🇺🇸

  • Reply NOAH DELORENZO November 20, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Sorry to be a stickler but I think the cocking mechanism on the MG 42 is on the right side of the gun

  • Reply Betawarier The Meme Emperor November 20, 2019 at 8:05 am

    FPS players playing on Normandy Landing map: Stop spawn camping!!
    Historian: Well this is accurate

  • Reply storm troopertv November 20, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    teacher: ok class we're going to france. girls: OMG im gonna sunbathe AWESOME. boys: we hit the beach in 30 seconds GO GO GO BOOM AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH MY LEGS GET THE BANGALORES (mg42 fire sounds) AHHHHHHHH NEED COVERING FIRE NOW FEW SHINK AAHHH MAN DOWN GET A MEDIC NOT (BOOM) AAAAAAHHHHHH I CAN'T FEEL MY LEGS AAAAAAHHHHHH

  • Reply Xarien Art - Drawing tutorials and Speedpaints November 21, 2019 at 2:28 am

    those bunkers you guys put on wn72 never existed. They are just a Steven Spielberg creation.

  • Reply Captain Wolf November 21, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Those landing craft's were poorly designed with that front ramp and the drivers would line the front towards the beach when it would of been a better idea to come at an angle but still those things should of never been allowed to be used in the war.

  • Reply RoboSeal1 November 21, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    What are the blimps for? I never understood

  • Reply Justin Kerr November 22, 2019 at 5:16 am

    I respect this event and the ones who served. But why are they all Canadian?

  • Reply Eamon Dan November 22, 2019 at 11:41 am

    One of the German soldiers single handedly killed more than 1,000 ally soldiers.

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