By Tony Hall
The tale of the Allied invasion of Hitler's Europe, June 6, 1944, instructed with impressive battlefield images.
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_ ,, ... - l • "• Above, below rtgbl, below leJI: Unlike Uta11, lhe defences of Omaha were formidable, as can be seen from these photographs taken shortly after D·Day. s, all of which were heavily defended. To get on and off the beach, the Americans had been trained In a specific landing plan. lnd a low sea waU. : ~· ... k of destroying lhe casemated guns believed to be on the Pointe, the battalion scaled 100 fool (30m) c1Uf1 to attack the battery trom the seaward side. Bitter fighting cleared the cesemetes of Germans, but the Rangen discovered that the guns themselves had not been Installed.
In total over 14,000 individual sorties were flown on D-Day Including vttel antl-submartne patrols in the EngUsb Channel. The LufhvaUe could manage only 500 sorues In response. Belo'''! A US fighter Is hastily rearmed by its ground crew. The AEAF swamped the German Lufh,•affe by sheer numbers. rs and Hghler-bon1bers and over 4,300 bombers of all sues. To counter that force, the Luftwaffe In France, Belgium and Holland could Onl)' raise about 500 aircraft of au types. Allied air supertortry wes absolute.
In total. nearly 25,000 men had been landed for a cos-I of roughly 1,000 casualties. A real concern for General BucknaU, however, was that the. commandos were still outside Port-en-Besstn and no oontaet had been made with \hQ Amertcans. ue o\ \he \~n\'b\e \>&UM~"'-" taken place on Omaha. The Allies knew that the success of the D-Day inva5ion depended on the speed wtth '~hlch reinforcements could be brought ashore and a lodgment area secured. The task of preventing the Germans from reinforcing faster than the Allies fell to the eneren of the Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF), which consisted of the British 2nd Tactical Air Force and the US 9th Alr Force, under the overall command of Air Chief Marshal SlrTtaUord LeJgh·Mallory, RAF.