Above: The beach today looking east.

Right: The beach today looking west.





UTAH BEACH: The beach we today know as Utah Beach is 2km south of the originally intended landing site. Stronger than expected tides took the first wave south. The Deputy Commander of the 4th Division, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, who was in the first wave, decided to “start the war from here” and not to try to reposition the attack. This allowed the division to land in an area of lighter resistance. Utah was the quickest and most successful allied beach, with the least casualties. The 4th Division very quickly linked up with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.