It's 220 AM and 32° here on the beaches of Normandy. We left the window open a little so we could listen to the surf. Should make falling back to sleep easier (if I would turn off the freaking tablet and close my eyes.) 🌍 🌊
'The Big Red One'
The men of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, 1st Division - "The Big Red One" many of them veterans of the landings in North Africa and Sicily and battles such... as Kessarine Pass, Le Senia Airfield and Gela were chosen to land early because of their battle experience.
Some 11 miles of the coast of France June 6th 1944 the USS Samuel Chase drops her anchor into the channel at 3:15 am.
All was quiet on the Samuel Chase when the order was given at 5:30 am to "lower away". All that could be heard was the squeaking of the davits and the quiet whispers of the soldiers as they loaded into the LCVPs.
The landing craft were lowered into the swells and headed towards France. Here too, as at Utah, they were well away from the coast and subjected to the unsheltered waters of the Channel. All of the Chase's boats got away without incident but seasickness soon overtook most of the soldiers. They had to go through 11 miles of rough seas, strong currents, and minefields. They soon passed the battleships on their journey in and the soldiers winced as the 14-inch guns fired over their heads. Landing on 'Easy Red' Omaha Beach at 06:45 in the face of murderous fire, two-thirds of E Company were immediate casualties (100 KIA out of 183 landing), but those remaining kept wading right into everything the enemy had and took their objective, which provided the only exit from the beach that the entire Fifth Corps had for 48 hours. #war#ww2#worldwar#worldwar2#worldwartwo#worldwar2photos#worldwar2incolor#ww2incolor#ww2pictures#color#colour#colored#colorize#colour#American#infantry#bigredone#troops#stormtroopers#dday#landingcraft#June#Normandy