Monday, August 28, 2006

Beachhead June 16

The beachhead on June 16. In the foreground is a burned-out LCI beached by the tide. It was hit by 88-mm. shellfire. Crushed against it is a landing craft. A constant stream of traffic moved along these improvised roads along the water's edge. The roadside was littered with the debris of the landing operation— discarded lifebelts, helmets, water cans, gasoline tins, and other bits and pieces. In the foreground is the beach home of a Gl engineer. It is roofed with heavy timber as protection against flak and night strafing. The sky is a cloud of barrage balloons, one or two attached to each ship and some moored to shore. SGT. JOHN SCOTT