A World War II historic guide to discover the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy

Travel Normandy guide Fran├žois Gauthron offers tours of the Normandy landing beaches, World War II battlefield. Come and discover the most famous part of Normandy where took place the Landing and the battle of Normandy in June 1944 to liberate France and Europe. You will be escorted by a qualified bilingual guide who will show you round the major sites of the beaches. Visit the highlights of World War II sites in Normandy with an expert license guide, first the most important sites of the landing beaches.

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Dog White / Dog Red, Dog Red / Easy Green

Dog Red Les Moulins towards Saint Laurent

At 07.30 am 116th's Regimental Command party arrived with Col. Charles D.W. Canham and General Cota, on Dog White.

Brigadier General Cotta on Omaha.

Coy F/116 almost landed on target at 06.30 am in front of les Moulins, 3 sections to the east, unprotected by the smoke came under concentrated machine gun fire and were exposed during 45 minutes, they lost half of their boats sections.

Coy G/116 landed east of les Moulins Dog Red Exit D-3 at 06.30 am, 3 of 4 craft get through pretty easily. But the other sections were under heavy fire and lost 14 men before they reach the sand. Coy I/116 landed near Les Moulins strongpoint but received little fire. In some places it took four lengths of Bangalore torpedo and in others wire cutters were the only tool needed.

Coy K moved off of the beach slowly due to machinegun firing and thick minefields, they lost 15 to 20 men.

Coy L landed half way between D-2 and E-1 draws, enemy machinegun was light and ineffective.

Coy M, 3rd Bn Heavy Weapons Company landed close to E-1 Draw under enemy firing, 1 craft sunk. They sep up machinegun and heavy motors before they get to the bluff stop.

At 08.00 am losses were heavy for the 111th field Artillery Bn that mislanded in front of Les Moulins Lieutenant Mullins was KIA organizing his men, they lost 12 of their 13m/m guns attempting to get to shore.

This area, known as the W 62 strongpoint has been recently cleared and excavated but not finished, so that it is now possible to visualize the powerful German defences that faced the first waves. You can see from this position the entire 4.5 miles of Omaha Beach.
It is possible to reach the W 62 position by driving to a small lot east of the main parking area and walking down to the monuments.
A large section of the landing sector at Easy Red was situated between two stongpoints (WN 64 and WN 62). The Engineers here were able to open 4 gaps through the approach. This was important because on all of Omaha Beach, only a total of 5 gaps would be opened. The 37th and 149th Engineer Combat Battalions worked furiously to get these obstacles cleared, while Company E, 16th RCT was able to take WN 64 from the rear. Two destroyers had been instrumental in neutralizing strongpoints between Les Moulins to Fox Red and at least 5 destroyers had moved in to support the landing troops. The two red arrows point the positions of Franz Gockel and Heirich Severloh. Franz fired an estimated 15.000 rounds from 6.30 pm to noon.