Thursday, October 6, 2011

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

Another famous photograph from Robert Capa. This one was taken on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), on the first assault wave on Omaha Beach. Capa took 108 pictures in the first couple of hours of the invasion. However, a staff member at Life made a mistake in the darkroom; he set the dryer too high and melted the emulsion in the negatives. Only eight frames in total were recovered


  1. My God. The bluriness of the photo adds to the incredible terror, havoc and desperation. But if you look at the soldier's face he doesn't look frightened he looks determined and focused. These men did what they had to do. You had to get off those landing craft. You had to get on that beach. They could have said no but they went to their deaths. They weren't perfect. They weren't angels. They were men-imperfect men who did an incredibly heroic deed. They wanted to live. They had hopes and dreams, but they stormed the beach none the less. May God have mercy on their souls.

  2. This is my father Carl D. Wilson, Jr. ...Ed Wilson

  3. Can we get a little more detail, Ted?