On their western flank, the Allied landings on D-Day combined a parachute drop by the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions with an amphibious assault on “Utah” Beach by the US 4th Infantry Division. The landings came ashore in the wrong place but met weaker German resistance as a result. The heaviest fighting took place inland where the badly scattered paratroopers gradually gathered in small groups and made for their objectives. This book traces the story of D-Day on Utah beach, revealing how the infantry pushed inland and linked up with the Airborne troops in a beachhead five miles deep. Now the battle to break out and seize the key port of Cherbourg could begin.
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Table of Contents
Origins of the Battle/Chronology/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Armies/Opposing Plans/The Landings 4th Inf. Div./Uncle & Victor Beaches/82nd Airborne at St Mere Eglise/101st Airborne and the Carentan Road/Six Days 7-12 June/Aftermath/The Battlefield Today/Bibliography/Index