|Troops would land on the beach toward Cabourg, near where
the bank become a cliff.
Three LCVPs with part of Company F, 16th Regiment landed directly in
front of WN 61. (See section on Cabourg Draw.)
Further to their right, five LCVPs with part of Company E, 16th Regiment landed. After a gap, three more LCVPs landed directly in front of WN 62. Further still to the right, about halfway to St. Laurent Draw, an LCVP with a group of Company E, 16th Regiment landed, then just to their right landed two long, lost LCVPs of Company E, 116th Regiment men -from the 29th Division, two miles from their intended landing area! Like elsewhere on Omaha Beach, all these groups of men hurried across the beach, under heavy fire to the protection of the shingle. Like everywhere else, there was little evidence of air or naval bombardment.
|At around 7:00, another wave landed near Colleville Draw, also with bad results, including the death of a battalion commander. Near here, additional troops landed as well. Some tanks were now on the beach, and Company G, 16th Regiment under Cpt Joseph Dawson landed in six LCVPs. Weighed down with heavy equipment, the men of Company G walked across the beach. But now the group had machine guns. The 2nd Bn HQ landed from an LCVP. Offshore, Col Benjamin Talley was observing the situation in a DUKW to report to Gen. Gerow, head of V Corps. In addition to seeing the infantry disaster at Colleville Draw, Talley witnessed four tanks moving along the beach - after three were knocked out, the fourth fell back toward the surf.|
|There are a number of ruins of WN 62 that you
can visit, including trenches and positions for artillery. A
trail leads back up to the cemetery.
8 - 7.62 cm gun
15 - 5cm AT gun
23 and 24 - barbed wire
26 - wet anti-tank ditch