D-Day, Normandy: D+1 THROUGH D+3
The horror of the invasion becomes starkly apparent as the receding waters reveal the cost of the beach operations.
On LST 317 are troops, equipment, and trucks loaded with land mines destined for Omaha Beach on D Plus One.
Lost in their individual thoughts, the troops rest fitfully on their journey toward France.
Waiting for a signal from the beach, ship's crew and Army personnel watch unloading activity.
One of the landing craft that hit the beach loaded with anti-aircraft half tracks and motorized units.
Foxholes and bomb craters are the only immediate shelters on all Allied beachheads as enemy planes strafe and bomb the tenuous foothold, established on the beaches.
Every night after D-Day, raids by enemy planes on the Allied beachhead become an accepted discomfort. The men seek refuge in foxholes and catch whatever few precious hours of sleep they can before dawn.