The big losses of Omaha (6th june 1944)

Oct 2015
803
Virginia
#21
As to the DD tanks, it is unfair to criticize the Navy for "panicking". On UTAH beach 28 DDs made it ashore, 4 were lost when their LCT hit a mine and sank. The commander of the LCTs assigned to the Western end of OMAHA, after consulting with the Army commander, beached with the standard tanks and tank-dozers of the battalion, and 28 made it ashore. Only those for the Eastern sector of OMAHA (Fox and Easy beaches) launched 5,000 yards offshore and foundered. There is controversy over who decided to launch (Army or Navy). This from Morrison (the closest thing to a Navy official history). One LCT commander raised his ramp when the first tank launched foundered, and beached to land the other three-the only ones that made it ashore.
 
Jun 2015
5,713
UK
#23
Rommel and von Rundstedt weren't stupid. I don't see how, given the Allied air supremacy, what effect that Panzers would have had. And the Allies could produce more tanks - which would balance it out.
It only would have delayed things for several months, and given the Soviets more land to the East.
 
Oct 2015
803
Virginia
#25
Can we know the composition of this "352d division" ? And how many Osttruppen were present on the front ? Thank you for the specialists.
Back in May of '18 , poster "Aggienation" (who understands these things) on a similar thread said that 352d division (defending OMAHA and part of GOLD beaches) was rated by the German high command "kampfwert II" (capable of limited offensive action), while 709th and 716th divisions (which defended UTAH and the Anglo-Canadian beaches) were "kampfwert III" (capable of defensive operations) and included 6 attached Osttruppen battalions which were rated "kampfwert IV" (capable of limited defensive operations). Both 709th and 716th divisions were "static" units with extremely limited transport.
352d was formed in Oct-Nov 1943 with cadres from 268th & 321st divisions. It consisted of 914, 915, 916th Grenadier regiments, 352d artillery regiment, 352d fusilier, anti-tank, engineer and signal battalions.
 
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