CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Utah Beach

Though Utah Beach didn't have the same intensity of fighting as Omaha (which I visited next), there were still 450 casualties from the 23,250 men who landed there.

Read the full article: D-Day: 70th anniversary in pictures

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
1
of 49

Soldiers look onto Utah Beach

There were lots of men and women in uniform. This shot wasn't staged -- these two men were just standing there, looking out on the beaches (to their left) and the Utah memorial (directly ahead).

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
2
of 49

Monuments

One of the many monuments to specific brigades or divisions along the beaches.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
3
of 49

Musee

Dozens of museums dot the landscape of Normandy. You could spend weeks here and still not see everything, I think.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
4
of 49

Tank and obstacle

Cleared from the beaches long ago, many of the beach obstacles live on elsewhere, as a reminder. This tank faces inland, its back to the beach.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
5
of 49

Utah Beach - east

Facing roughly eastward down Utah Beach.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
6
of 49

Utah Beach - museum

The view from the sea, headed inland. The curved building is the back of the Utah Beach museum.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
7
of 49

Utah Beach - west

Looking northwest along Utah Beach.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
8
of 49

Jeep

There were hundreds of Jeeps and other military vehicles all over the area, many giving rides.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
9
of 49

Ambulance

An immaculate WWII ambulance. No rust. This can't live here, right?

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
10
of 49

Army truck

An Army truck of...some kind. My WWII vehicle knowledge is more plane-based. Anyone?

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
11
of 49

Omaha Memorial

Heading down the coast, the next beach area was known as Omaha. Easily the biggest battle of the day, with 3,600 Allied casualties, more than 1 in 10 of the 34,250 soldiers who landed that day.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
12
of 49

Les Braves

The striking Les Braves monument.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
13
of 49

Rainbow

Thanks to the on-and-off rain, a rainbow appeared right as I was taking these pictures.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
14
of 49

Les Braves, looking east

Looking down towards the main assault areas.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
15
of 49

Omaha houses

Now, you can buy a house right on Omaha Beach. I wonder how much the owners know of the war and this beach's importance.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
16
of 49

Up the hill

This was one of the few ways off the section of beach known as Easy Red, and one of the first cleared. Also one of the rare intact casemates.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
17
of 49

Casemate

Interestingly, a rusted out gun is still here, sitting in stagnant water.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
18
of 49

Omaha - Fox Green

This is the big hill overlooking what I believe was the section called Fox Green, one of several monuments. What thoughts does that gentleman have, reading the names inscribed?

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
19
of 49

Fox Green

This is the view from one of the casemates overlooking Omaha Beach.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
20
of 49

Omaha, eastward

Looking east toward Fox Red.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
21
of 49

Emplacement

The remains of a gun emplacement.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
22
of 49

Casemate

One of a handful of casemates that are slowly falling apart.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
23
of 49

From inside

Dirt has largely filled in the entranceway, but you can still enter in a crouch. This is the view looking out.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
24
of 49

More trucks on the beach

These gents were racing, I think.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
25
of 49

Major casemate

One of two larger casemates, you can walk into the main section where the gun once was.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
26
of 49

Casemate interior

Not much to look at now. Standing water, mud, even some graffiti.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
27
of 49

Sun setting

The second major casemate, the top is home to another monument (which possibly has been damaged, as it was wrapped in plastic).

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
28
of 49

Casemate interior no. 2

The view is roughly westward. Note the tracks on the floor, where I believe the gun turret would have swiveled.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
29
of 49

Casemate interior ceiling

Rusty, yet still standing after all these years.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
30
of 49

Jeep at sunset

The rays of the setting sun frame this Jeep nicely. The sun sets at 10pm this time of year.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
31
of 49

Tracks in the sand

The remains of some spirited beach driving.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
32
of 49

Morning

I came back the next morning. This picture was taken 6:30am, the same time the first Higgins boats were hitting the beach, 70 years earlier. Notice how light it is already.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
33
of 49

Cliffs after dawn

Looking westward, towards Pointe du Hoc.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
34
of 49

Hill from the water

A view similar to what the soldiers tasked with taking Fox Green would have seen, plus 70 years of foliage.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
35
of 49

Looking east

Fox Red's slightly less daunting task.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
36
of 49

A sight not unlike this

Looking up the hill toward the remains of the German casemates, from the water.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
37
of 49

Prefab concete

These are one of the only remains of anything on the beaches from those days. I believe they're prefab concrete blocks meant as a base for the temporary docks they built after the beaches were cleared.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
38
of 49

Memorial

At the entrance end of the cemetery is this stone half-circle memorial, with the "The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves" statue in the center.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
39
of 49

Alcoves

To the sides of the main monument, huge maps diagram the invasion of Normandy and Europe at large.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
40
of 49

Normandy invasion

It took my brain a second to comprehend, as the map is flipped (to me, anyway).

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
41
of 49

Operation Neptune

Again, the map is flipped around, but here you can see the boats that were involved in the beach landings.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
42
of 49

Deserved

All throughout the cemetery, WWII veterans were followed by groups of all ages. Pictures taken, autographs signed, hands shaken, these men were treated like rock stars. (I even overheard one of them saying so.)

As it should be.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
43
of 49

Stage set

For the official presentations, this set is erected in front of the main monument. Look at all the seats.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
44
of 49

Crosses and stars of white

Humbling.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
45
of 49

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw was here for NBC News, interviewing many of the veterans who had returned for the 70th anniversary observance.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
46
of 49

Chapel

In the center of the cemetery is this small, round chapel. Around it are benches where several veterans were sitting, talking to small groups of people, signing autographs, and having their pictures taken.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
47
of 49

Kilometers of chairs

The stage is somewhere in the distance. There's going to be a lot of people here, as there should be.

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
48
of 49

Rows and rows and rows

9,387 buried here, out of over 407,000 Americans and 16 million total dead for Allies.

Read the full article: D-Day: 70th anniversary in pictures

Published:Caption:Photo:Geoffrey MorrisonRead the article
49
of 49
Up Next

From propeller biplanes to jet bombers: the incredible planes of the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford