UTAH Beach D Day Landings
D Day Tour of UTAH Beach, Normandy. D Day Landings
On D-Day, UTAH beach was the most westerly of the five Allied Invasion Beaches and formed the right flank of the invasion force. It was added to the original COSSAC (or planning team) proposals to give the Allies an early opportunity to capture the deep water port of Cherbourg, as capturing a deep water port was always going to be necessary to land heavy armour and large numbers of troops and equipment. The U.S. IVth Infantry division landed on the beach supported by two Airborne Divisions. Although the assault wave was driven off course and actually landed in the wrong place a mile further south than planned, the landings went well. Casualties (by 1944 standards) were light in comparison to some of the other D Day landing beaches
COSSAC = Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander
By Malcolm Clough
Utah Beach, Normandy. the westernmost flank of the D Day invasion force.
The view from the waters edge (with the tide in) looking South.
UTAH Beach looking north.
75mm gun casemate among the dunes on UTAH beach. The casemate is slowly being swallowed up by the sand.
US Navy Memorial
The Roosevelt Café, built onto a personnel shelter behind the beach
M4 Sherman, with the UTAH Beach Museum behind. The museum is also built onto an original personnel shelter. The excellent museum has been modernised and extended
U.S. 90mm anti-aircraft gun
A German Goliath tracked mine. A remotely controlled vehicle carrying 100kgs of explosive. The idea would be to drive them into Allied forces and detonate them. They were not successful. If the command wire was broken they were useless.
The new exhibition hall to the right, houses a B-26 Marauder Bomber
A map of the defences of Strongpoint W5 at UTAH beach.
The assault wave landed in the face of W5 which was quickly overcome. German artillery continued to pound the beach.
Brig. Gen Theodore Roosevelt landed on UTAH beach with the first wave, he won The Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions D-Day. Sadly he died of a heart attack on 12th July 1944 on the eve of being promoted to Major General. He is buried in the U.S. Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer.
U.S. Infantry storm ashore at UTAH Beach on D-Day The first wave consisted of 20 landing Craft carrying 30-36 men each. They were supported by 32 Sherman tanks.
U.S. Infantry landing on UTAH Beach on D-Day
An example of Hedgehog beach defences
An example of ‘Hedgehog’ beach defences.
50mm anti-tank gun in it’s casemate on the roof of a German shelter. The beach is off to the right
- A German Goliath tracked mine. A remotely controlled vehicle carrying 100kgs of explosive. The idea would be to drive them into Allied forces and detonate them. They were not successful. If the command wire was broken they were useless.