Kelly Norris B1
US Troop Landings
Utah Beach: Utah was added to the initial invasion plan almost as an afterthought. The allied needed a major port as soon as possible, and Utah Beach would put the US corps within 60 km of Cherbourg. The major obstacles on the beach were mostly flooding and rough terrain that blocked the north.
Omaha Beach: Omaha beach linked the US and the British beaches, it was between the Contention peninsula and the flat plain in front of Caen. Omaha was the most restricted and heavily defended beach. Omaha has a crescent curve and unusual assortment of bluffs, cliffs and draws were immediately recognizable from the sea.