|Title: ||Utah Beach|
|Other Titles: ||Battle Zone Normandy: Utah Beach|
|Publisher: ||The History Press|
|Issue Date: ||2004 |
|Additional Links: ||http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=7613&ProductID=543|
|Abstract: ||Unique among the D-Day landing beaches in its dangers, Utah Beach saw the US Army's greatest success, namely landing with the fewest casualties of any of the Allied invasion beaches
The landing beach closest to Normandy’s largest port, Cherbourg, and regarded by the Germans as the most important Allied objective, Utah was isolated from the other D-Day beaches, meaning that that troops landing there would have to fight alone until a link-up could be achieved. Accordingly, the US First Army committed a powerful landing force, preceded by a night parachute and glider assault, part of the largest night drop ever mounted. Despite wide scattering, the airborne troops secured the critical communications centre of Ste Mere Eglise on D-Day, the first village in Normandy to be liberated. Supported by a devastating air and naval bombardment, although landing on the wrong beach in bad weather, 4th Infantry Division took only 197 casualties out of 23,000 troops that landed on D-Day, and by the early afternoon had begun to link up with the first of the paratroopers.|
|Keywords: ||War studies|
World War Two
|Appears in Collections: ||Conflict Studies Research Group |
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