Utah Beach - D-Day June 6, 1944
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Utah Beach was the codename for one of the Allied landing beaches
during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, as part of Operation
Overlord on 6 June 1944. Utah was added to the invasion plan
toward the end of the planning stages, when more landing craft
became available. The landing had relatively little resistance, in
contrast to Omaha Beach where the fighting was fierce. Utah beach,
about 3 miles long, was the westernmost of the five landing
beaches, located between Pouppeville and La Madeleine.
the army division that landed on Utah Beach?
U.S. 4th Infantry Division
U.S. 8th Infantry Division
U.S. 12th Infantry Division
2) How many waves were planned for the attack on Utah Beach?
3) He was
the assistant commander of the 4th Division, had requested several
times, against his commander's best judgment, to go in the first
wave and personally lead the initial attack on the beach strong
points. His written request was finally approved by
Gen. Barton, 4th Division Commanding General. He would be the only
general to land with the initial sea borne assault wave on D-Day
and, at 57, he was the oldest soldier to land.
Brig. Gen. George Patton, IV
Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
Brig. Gen. David Eisenhower
4) What award was the Brig. General that landed on the first
wave awarded for his actions?
Medal of Honor
5) The defense of the area was largely based on flooding the
coastal plain behind the beaches, and there were fewer bunkers.
6) What bombers of the U.S. Ninth Air Force, flying below 5,000
feet, provided close air support for the assaulting forces.
7) The most significant difference was the 13,000 men from the
101st Airborne Division and the 82nd Airborne Division already
fighting inland. For 5 hours before the first Utah landings, the
paratroopers (and glider forces) had been fighting their way out
toward the beach, clearing the enemy from positions along the
8) He was a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan from
1959 until 1976. He was a lieutenant colonel of Infantry and was
wounded during the D-Day assault on Utah Beach.
Who was this U.S.
Charles E. Potter
Donald W. Riegle, Jr.
9) This officer commanded the 8th Infantry Regiment for three
years and led it into combat in Europe in World War II,
participating in the D-Day landings on Utah Beach in June 1944.
Although widely regarded as an outstanding officer, he was blocked
from promotion because the Army Chief of Staff, General George
Marshall, erroneously confused him with a well-known alcoholic
officer with a similar name.
Who was this officer?
James Van Fleet
10) He is an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The
Catcher in the Rye, as well as for his reclusive nature. In the spring of 1942, several months
after the United States entered World War II, he was drafted
into the Army, where he saw combat with the U.S. 12th Infantry
Regiment in some of the fiercest fighting of the war. He was
active at Utah Beach on D-Day.
Who is this author.
J. D. Salinger