D-Day, Normandy: D+4 And Aftermath
After two days the men of the 6th Beach Battalion at the Omaha sector appear already war weary. The terrible confused experience of the landing and first two days on the beach have now turned into a routine pattern of hard work, sleeplessness, and the kind of living conditions generally described as "rugged."
Eight days after D-Day, the desolated village is only a byway for a war that has passed through.
The ultimate fighting machine, a soldier and his rifle, presents a symbolic scene of tragic meditation and the melancholy of war.
At a cemetery above the beach, a group of burial guards huddle for brief comfort around a fire. The stick, held by one guard, was used to approximate the depth of the graves.
The transition from the active clatter and dust of the beach is abrupt at this field, high over the Western American beach, the first national cemetery on French soil of this war. Over the field there are the sounds of pick and shovel, and the oppressive, stench of bodies brought in for burial by the truckloads.
Boche prisoners at American Beach Sector.
Soldiers seem part of the tragic landscape as they pause near a mine field about one and a half miles inland from Omaha Beach, four days after D-Day. By this time some units had suffered fifty percent casualties.