I was watching a program about war photography on BBC 3 here in the UK, and it included a section on a guy called (something like) Robert Kapp, a photographer who went in with the soldiers on Omaha beach. Due to a disasterous blunder on the part of a film processor all but 11 of the photographs survived. The ones that were viewable are very dramatic, one photograph taken from the view of the landing craft ramp showing the soldiers wading through water while nearly all their comrades further up the beach were taking cover behind tank traps, it must have been horrific. Another picture shows a large group of soldiers taking cover behind a knocked out amphibious tank, which surprises me as I thought none of the tanks made it to the beach, hence the carnage. I can only wonder what the other photographs would have shown had they not been destroyed.
His name was Robert Capa and here are the pictures: http://www.skylighters.org/photos/robertcapa.html
There were many DD tanks supposed to land on Omaha but very few of them actually made it to the beach. They gaved perfect surpressing fire on the bunkers... as long as they weren't destroyed.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
9th April 2005
all but two of the DD tanks were swamped because they got caught in a current and turned so that they would face their assigned beach. unfortunately the waves overtook them and flipped them over.
Are you writing about one of the Omaha sectors or about whole Omaha invasion? Weren't there a little more working tanks wich made on to a beach?
I've got some cool Omaha pics on my computer. I'll post them:
sweetness...BTW Southern Comfort + 7-up= PWNAGE
Great pictures, good look on Omaha from the 2nd one. Is it blood there on the sand?
Capa had an amazing life. It would make for a good movie (in fact I think he wrote an autobiography with the hope that it would be used for a movie). It's unfortunate that such invaluable photos were lost to a mistake. I was watching a documentary a few years ago on war cameramen hosted by Tom Hanks that described a similar incident. After the Omaha invasion all the film that had been shot by various cameramen was collected and put in rucksack. As this sack was being transferred from one boat to another it was accidentally dropped into the water and the film was lost. The only film that exists is that taken by cameramen who didn't have their film collected for whatever reason (I think it might actually be only one camera man whose film wasn't collected). This is the footage we see repeatedly in programs of the invasion, of a group of soldiers running to the beach, a few of dropping to the ground as they are shot.