Omaha Beach, haut lieu du Débarquement du 6 juin 1944

Omaha Beach, haut lieu du Débarquement du 6 juin 1944 (HM1O0T)

Location: Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie 14710 Calvados
Country: France
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N 49° 22.23', W 0° 52.736'

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Omaha Beach, landmark of the landings of 6 June 1944

En Française:
Le 6 juin 1944, les 1re et 29e Divisions d'Infanterie américaine étaient chargées d'établir une tête de pont sur ce site d'Omaha Beach. Les 6 km de plage avaient été divises en trois grands secteurs codes d'Ouest en Est: "Dog" face à Vierville, "Easy" face à Saint-Laurent et "Fox" face à Colleville.
Les Allemands avaient fortifié la falaise avec des casemates bétonnées, installé de nombreux obstacles sur la plage, construit des fossés et des murs antichars aux entrées des vallées conduisant aux trois villages.
Les GIs débarques ici depuis 6 h 30 ont dû s'abriter face au feu allemand, d'abord derrière le talus de galets, ensuite au pied des falaises de chaque côté du vallon.
Enfin entre 8 et 9 heures du matin, quelques groupes ont réussi à escalader les falaises et sont parvenus à se regrouper sur le plateau. Après une lutte acharnée, le village de Saint-Laurent a été libéré le 7 juin vers 9 heures.

English:
On 6 June 1944, the 1st and 29th U.S. Infantry Divisions were responsible for establishing a bridgehead here at Omaha Beach. The 6 km (4 miles) long beach had been divided into three large sectors, code-named from west to east: "Dog", facing Vierville, "Easy", facing Saint-Laurent, and "Fox, facing Colleville.
The Germans had fortified the cliff with concrete bunkers, installed numerous obstacles on the beach, and built anti-tank ditches and walls at the entrances to the valleys leading to the three villages.
The GIs, who had been landing here since 6:30am, had to take cover from German fire, first behind the pebble bank, then at the foot of the cliffs on either side of the small valley.
Finally, between 8am and 9am, several groups succeeded in scaling the cliffs and managed to regroup on the plateau. After a fierce battle, the village of Saint-Laurent was liberated on 7 June at around 9am.
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Placed ByNormandie Terre de Liberté
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Date Added Sunday, September 20th, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 653980 N 5470807
Decimal Degrees49.37050000, -0.87893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 49° 22.23', W 0° 52.736'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds49° 22' 13.8000" N, 0° 52' 44.1600" W
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Area Code(s)716
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4 Rue Bernard Anquetil, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer Basse-Normandie 14710, FR
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