Utah - The success of the...
MAGDELAINE Yann -
The batt le on Omaha Beach is at the forefront of the collecti ve memory for its tragic hours on the 6th of June 1944. The Utah Beach sector, located at the base of the Cotenti n peninsula, has always been the subject of lesser att enti on. Wrongly so, for, according to General Eisenhower himself, the mission entrusted to Force U was the most complex one to be engaged on D-Day, due to the beach's distance from the other landing zones and the presence of several German divisions. Along with the 4th Infantry Division, the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions engaged in bitt er combat in the sector. Its toll of losses, totalling some 3,500 men, illustrates how much Utah deserves further enlightenment.