Omaha Beach today.
65 years ago, on June 6, 1944, an estimated 4,500 Americans spent died here establishing the first beachhead against Hitler's 'Atlantic Wall'. A first hand account of the assault is available here.
Note the width of the beach, its about 200 yards. The fastest runner in the world trained and unencumbered can sprint that distance in about 20 seconds. American GI's had to land on a sandbar 50 to 100 yards in the surf, wade to the edge of the water and make those 200 yards again a wall of enemy fire.