Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

The Tough Beach

Landing craft on beach during invasion
Description: Painting, Watercolor; by Dwight C. Shepler; 1944; Unframed Dimensions 22H X 30W
Accession #: 88-199-EU
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Allied forces in Normandy called Omaha beachhead “the tough beach.”  All day the landing waves suffered terrible attrition from the stubborn, determined German fire which raked the shore.  A coast guard LCI (Landing Craft, Infantry) is trapped by the retreating 21 foot tide and the obstacles of Fox Green Beach.  Fortified with beach and underwater obstacles, mines, and German reinforced pillboxes, the coast proved deadly to many American soldiers and sailors on June 6, 1944.

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