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Steve Boone
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Dateline: 6 June 1944

0615 Hrs: The operation to open the second front on Fortress Europe is starting with DD M-4s made to “swim” to the beach to provide fire and cover for the infantry that will soon to follow. It was always known a tank would be extremely vulnerable when turned into an amphibious vehicle, but the gamble had to be made to give some hope to approaching infantry. As it were, only a few tanks managed to make it ashore in both the 1st and 29th ID sectors albeit badly damaged. Many more were delayed in their arrival. Those lost in the approach made a valiant effort.

0700 Hrs: Over the course of the last 45 minutes, the Germans have been slow to realize the invasion is coming in full force. Our men have been able to land largely intact. Effective smoke and barrage fire from the delayed tanks have been able to let our boys get off the LVCP’s and find good cover. A few units took casualties, but the outlook is optimistic. Both the left and right flanks of the German lines are under a lot of pressure.

0715 Hrs: A Hero has emerged in the 1st ID. With his help, L/3/16 was able to defeat the force at WN61 and the 29th was able to silence the guns at WN66N. Our boys are really given ‘em hell.

0730 Hrs: It seems that Gerry in the west sector has been alerted. The 29th is taking a beating. The Ranger Company that made it to the top of the cliff on the right flank was discovered and took casualties. At the same time, the 1st ID is relatively unmolested. I wonder if their luck will hold. The Arty that tried to land in both sectors was stopped at the water’s edge. There are several intact tank companies in both sectors that should be able to keep Gerry’s head down.

0745 Hrs: 1st PLT 16th Reg is taking a beating near Omaha’s center. Charlie Co, 2nd Rangers was rendered ineffective after making the hard climb up the cliffs in the west. They had such heart, I hope we can honor their sacrifice. Attacks on several WN’s were beaten back. Many were ineffective. The rising tide claimed a lot of equipment in the 1st’s sector. If only some leadership could inspire them the way General Cota and his headquarters did for the 29th.

0845 Hrs: 1st PLT finds more bad luck as Dog Co. was driven so off course, they found themselves in the 29th Sector. It’s not looking good for them. First Platoon is taking a beating. The 1st ID’s beach was nearly clear of mines, but a Canadian DUKW still managed to find an area the engineer’s haven’t been able to operate. The entire Company was rendered ineffective with the loss. WN71 was a tough nut, but it finally cracked. WN60 finally fell, as well. It took some time for a heavy company to make it’s way up the slope, but now there’s little resistance in the area.

0930 Hrs: Our boys managed to open Dog 3 and Easy 3, but German reinforcements are pouring in. We are in no position to begin celebrations. The troops that manage to make it to the top of the bluffs are finding themselves in effective crossfire from strong German reinforcements. Going further inland is going to be very tough.

1000 Hrs: As the tide rose, a lot more equipment was left on the beach. We’re probably going to regret that later. On good note, many German WN’s fell today. None of the doubled-up WN’s were free from enemy covering fire, but we still managed to open three draws and control a lot of German reinforcement areas. The First Waves were a success.

Our men fought their hearts out today and many give all they had for this victory. Let us never forget their sacrifice and always honor their achievement.

Back to the Fight!
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Yoki Erdtman
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Very enjoyable session report Steve. I would love to play D-Day at Omaha Beach.
 
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