As It Happened

As It Happened

Bloody Omaha
SBS  |  October 14, 2011

More than 60 years ago, the outcome of World War Two rested heavily on five beaches in Normandy, France. Known as 'D-Day', it is considered the greatest amphibious invasion ever attempted. History remembers it as a great victory. But new research reveals that on Omaha Beach, it was very nearly a disaster. German defences there were far more ferocious than expected. A massive air strike which had intended to take them out was a total failure. For the troops charged with this mission, it would become a killing zone.

More than 60 years ago, the outcome of World War Two rested heavily on five beaches in Normandy, France. Known as 'D-Day', it is considered the greatest amphibious invasion ever attempted. History remembers it as a great victory. But new research reveals that on Omaha Beach, it was very nearly a disaster. German defences there were far more ferocious than expected. A massive air strike which had intended to take them out was a total failure. For the troops charged with this mission, it would become a killing zone.

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