D-Day Utah Beach By Olivia Olkkonen and maddy holmes

Utah Beach is in France occupied by German Troops. The significance of this beach: they were all on the west coast so the American troops could get “on land” and push forward toward Germany.

Utah beach was the first of the two American landing zones. The westernmost of all the beaches. Cherbourg was an important port facility. American troops intention was to seal off the Cotentin Peninsula (which is wear the port was located) as quickly as possible

Leading up to D-Day, Germany and France were trying to take over Europe along with Britain. Britain and the United states worked together to slow down Germany's invasion. Germans knew the Allies were going to strike but they didn’t know where. They assumed they were gonna attack North of Normandy at Pas de Calais. This lead to a successful battle because they didn't know all the beaches were going to be attacked so they could march their way toward Germany. This was a turning point in the war because they could move their way onward to stop Germany.

Utah Beach was the easiest ladings out of all the beaches
Utah beach was about three miles wide and was covered in dunes causing the German fortifications to be weak
On the first full day battling on Utah beach 20,000 men and 1,700 military vehicles were there to fight.
Utah Beach was the furthest west of the five beaches designated for the D-Day landings in June 1944. This was located at the base of the Contentin Peninsula.

This battle was between the United States soldiers and German troops.

This battle started on sea when the American’s made two big assault waves. Though, most of the battle is on land.

The plan was to cross the beach and seize control of the coast roads, link up with airborne troops who were to have been dropped inland five hours earlier, and then be prepared to attack toward Cherbourg.

The battle on D-Day at Utah began at 6:30 A.M. on June 6, 1944, when the first of the airborne units arrived. By the end of the day at Utah, 20,000 men had landed and 1,700 military vehicles. 197 soldiers were killed and 60 were missing. The landing on the sector of Utah Beach is the most successful one of the five allied beaches in Normandy.

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