FieldMarshall Erwin Rommel inspecting the beach defenses at Omaha beach, Normandy, France 1944.
The waters and beach were heavily mined, and had many anti tank obstacles, and there were 13 strongpoints, these were called Widerstandsnester (“resistance nests”). Numerous other fighting positions dotted the area, supported by an extensive trench system. The defending forces consisted of three battalions of the veteran 352nd Infantry Division. Their weapons were fixed to cover the beach with grazing enfilade fire as well as plunging fire from the cliffs, Omaha was a killing zone.
(FACT) did you know during the battle of Caporetto in 1917 during The First World War, when Erwin Rommel was a junior Officer, he was commanding 126+ men, he captured over 9,000 Italian soldiers in just over two days, he lost just 5 men.