First Wave at Omaha Beach – S. L. A. Marshall
Yes, I’ve got one more to share with you on D-Day. This is SLA Marshall’s account of the first wave at Omaha Beach. I find it telling both for what it says about soldiers and how important leadership is, and in truth how well the army trained its junior officers all thing considered.
My understanding is that there has been much criticism in recent years of Marshall’s work. It may be true, or it may be more revisionists. I don’t know. This article in no way makes anybody (other than a few individuals) out as heroic, or cowardly either. Just normal Americans trying to get a job done under conditions that we cannot imagine. And that is why I’m publishing this, every year while we remain grateful, we understand less of how bloodily horrific full on battle is, and I…
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