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The "Vierville Draw" (the beach exit code-named D-1; aka "Dog One") dominates the top of this 1948 aerial photograph. The view is west to east, with east on the left of the photo. Six German strongpoints defended the beach in this area. The movies "The Longest Day" and "Saving Private Ryan" depict the battle on these sands. C Company of the 2nd Ranger Battalion landed under the cliff immediately west (right) of the draw. Their battle along the bluff greatly reduced the firepower on A Company of 116th Regiment, 29th Division assaulting the be, from where a German officer observing the battle from a blockhouse (circled structure at right-center) erroneously misjudged the American successes and redirected German reinforcements to another area. The German defenses around Vierville draw are visible and accessible today. Click on the map icon below for a sector map of Omaha, with special focus on the Vierville Draw.

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