to Hell--and Back, 1944
This photograph shows troops from the First Infantry Division wading ashore under heavy fire at the Normandy beach, code-named OMAHA. Here the first landings resembled Churchill's worst nightmares, as unexpectedly fierce German resistance resulted in the deaths of many American soldiers. The troops finally accomplished their mission, however, and casualties elsewhere on D-Day were not as high as had been feared.
Robert Sargent. Taxis to Hell-and Back, 1944. Photograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (219.2)
World War II