Omaha la Sanglante - Bloody Omaha

Omaha la Sanglante - Bloody Omaha (HM1M3G)

Location: Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie 14710 Calvados
Country: France
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N 49° 22.095', W 0° 52.274'

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Le 6 Juin 1944, sur Omaha Beach, les Américains avaient prévu d'occuper une espace 25 km (16 miles) de long sur 10 km (6 miles) de profondeur, mais le soir, seule une zone de 8 km de long sur 2 km de large était tenue au prix d'un sacrifice humain très lourd : environ 1 200 GIs tués ou disparus, des milliers de véhicules perdus (chars, half-track, jeep, canards, camions...).

Côté allemand, le nombre de morts est difficile à évaluer : peut-être 400 pour environ 2 000 hommes présents.

La tête de pont a permis en quelques mois le débarquement de 500 000 hommes, 100 000 véhicules et 1 300 000 tonnes de munitions et d'approvisionnements divers, faisant d'Omaha le plus grand port européen.
L'enlèvement des vestiges du port artificiel, 150 000 tonnes de ferrailles, a occupé plusieurs entreprises jusque dans les années 50. Aujourd'hui reposent encore en mer de nombreuses épaves et pontons souvent visibles à marée basse.

English:
On 6 June 1944, on Omaha Beach, the Americans had planned to occupy an area 25 km (16 miles) long and 10 km (6 miles) deep, however by that evening, a zone just 8 km (5 miles) long and 2 km (1.2 miles) wide was held, at the cost of a great many lives : around 1,200 GIs had been killed or had disappeared, and thousands of vehicles had been lost (tanks, half-tracks, jeeps, ducks, trucks etc.).

The number of deaths on the German side is difficult to assess. Probably around 400 of the 2,000 men there were killed.

The bridgehead allowed 500,000 men, 100,000 vehicles and 1,300,000 tons of various supplies to land in a few months, making Omaha the largest harbor in Europe.

It took several companies up until the 1950s to remove the 150,000 tons of scrap metal that were the remains of the artificial harbor. Today, several wrecks and pontoons remain in the sea, and they are often visible at low tide.
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HM NumberHM1M3G
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Placed ByNormandie Terre-Liberte
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Date Added Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 654546 N 5470573
Decimal Degrees49.36825000, -0.87123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 49° 22.095', W 0° 52.274'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds49° 22' 5.7" N, 0° 52' 16.44" W
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Area Code(s)716
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 54 Rue Bernard Anquetil, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer Basse-Normandie 14710, FR
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