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Guest Post 24: Charles Herrick on Capa’s D-Day (f)

[Editor’s Note: Combat veteran and amateur military historian Charles Herrick’s crucial earlier posts in this series corrected 70 years’ worth of miscaptioning of one of Robert Capa’s ten D-Day photographs from Omaha Beach, and pinpointed the exact location and approximate time at which he landed on the Easy Red sector with a later wave.

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Guest Post 24: Charles Herrick on Capa’s D-Day (e)

It appears that Capa was taking a picture in the general direction of LCI(L)-94 at about the same time someone on that LCI was taking a picture while pointing his lens toward Capa. Comparing the two images, we find the same obstacles are visible in both. […]

Guest Post 20: Charles Herrick on Capa’s D-Day (d)

Capa’s account of his landing in his book “Slightly Out of Focus” clearly had been “pumped up” for sales. Capa apparently lifted the carnage that occurred elsewhere on Omaha Beach and superimposed it on his own much less deadly experiences. One only has to take a fresh, unbiased look at his photos for proof. […]

Guest Post 20: Charles Herrick on Capa’s D-Day (c)

Intermittent enemy artillery fire covered the area of the “Roman ruins” on the Easy Read sector of Omaha Beach, where Capa landed, but it primarily targeted larger landing craft, and was not capable of stopping an infantry advance. The area of the ruins was in fact a seam in the enemy defenses, one that would prove fatal to the Germans and a godsend to the Americans. […]

Guest Post 13: J. Ross Baughman on Omaha Beach (a)

Capa is still standing atop the landing ramp of the Higgins boat, shifting his camera slightly more to the left. He can now see a living timeline of the invasion’s progress spread out in front of him. The very first American soldiers hit Omaha Beach at 06:30 a.m., and at least 18 are shown after they struggled across the 300 yards to a steep incline of sand nicknamed The Shingle. […]