Oh, it was stormy. The waves swamped & sank the tanks with skirts, and the LCT's. So there goes your close in support.
Defenders were the 352 Infantry division, made up of survivors from various units from the Eastern front, mingled with fresh troops straight out of training.
Imagine trying to run across all that sand, with a full pack, in the rain, seasick, green as grass, cold as all get out, confused and terrified, into a good half dozen machine gun nests, rifle trenches, mortar fire, direct artillery, and gawd knows what else. This particular attack almost failed. There was serious thought of abandoning the beach. The guys that finally went past the one sea wall & fanned out...almost defies the imagination.
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