🔷Comment what you think would have happened if Rommel had been at Normandy and Hitler awake during the invasion🔷
This picture shows an LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the US coast-guard manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. They are in the process of easing into the Fox Green sector of Omaha Beach. The photo itself was taken by Robert F. Sargent.
When the allies landed on Omaha Beach on June 6th of 1944, 5 beaches were hit by 3 major nations. These were Utah Beach, landed upon by American Troops, Omaha Beach, also hit by Americans, Gold Beach (Britain), Juno Beach (Canada), and Sword Beach (Britain).
When Rommel was defeated by the allies in North Africa in 1943, he was soon put in charge of the Atlantic Wall fortifications that spanned from the French border with Spain to the North of Norway. It was a massive task and its fortifications were still largely incomplete when Rommel took charge.
He immediately was disgusted by the lack of defenses on the coastline and ordered for the construction of hundreds of smaller bunkers that could span the entire coast effectively. This included the Normandy sector that the allies would eventually land on. Before then, this was merely a stretch of Beach with a few soldiers defending it.
Omaha Beach was the most vicious of the 5 due to the placement of the bunkers on the cliffs. A total of 5 MG-42 machine guns created a horrid cross fire that decimated much of what attempted to cross it. While troops advanced more or less easily on the neighboring Utah Beach, the soldiers on Omaha were pinned down and praying for their lives.
Of the 43,270 infantrymen that landed on Omaha, 2,000-4,700 of them would become casualties.
For the infantry landing, this was immense, and in the Normandy invasion as a whole, around 10,000 casualties would be inflicted on the allies.
Had Rommel not been away from the coast and Hitler not sleeping, the allies very well could have been pushed back into the sea, but due to German hesitation and switch allied maneuvers, a set of firm beachheads were set in place.