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This work of art shows US infantry troops of the first wave on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion on June 6th of 1944.
Often known as "the jaws of death", Omaha Beach was the most deadly invasion site in Normandy of the 6, and induced as high as 4,300 casualties of the 43,250 infantrymen.
The first few waves witnessed absolute horror as they reached the beach, or, if they reached the beach. Some landing craft were destroyed from artillery and mortars, and those that did make it did not have that much better of a fate.
The fire from the 5 German MG-42's in the high cliffs forced many troops to climb over the sides of their landing craft and enter the water. But, with complex and heavy packs, many would drown this way. So close but so far away.
The occupants of some landing craft were completely wiped out when the door opened, fallen victim to concentrated German machine gun fire.
Those that made it onto the beach did not have much choice but to try and find cover behind the various beach obstacles, all the while watching their comrades fall beside them.
While the beach obstacles were meant to impede the landing, they actually ended up helping it. Most of them were meant to halt allied tanks and landing craft, and specifically the ones targeting tanks were used to the allies advantage. Since only 3 out of 30 allied mini-tanks made it to the beach, they made no significant difference and were focused down with fire. Thus, the anti-tank obstacles could be used by the masses of infantry wading ashore and gazing at their own deaths.
Just think back to any war documentary you have seen, or Saving Private Ryan, and you will know what I'm talking about. If it weren't for these obstacles, there would have been many more deaths on Omaha Beach. Barbed wire would slow the progress, but give no cover. There was indeed barbed wire on Omaha beach, but if there were more, things would have been immensely more difficult.
That's not to say they weren't already difficult. Omaha Beach was hell on earth, but the Calais defenses were much more elaborate.
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