D-Day at Utah — Layout of Allied Approach

As the naval bombardment began, thousands of LCIs (Landing Craft, Infantry), LCTs (Landing Craft, Tank), and other troop transports moved toward the beaches. As the transports came within a few kilometers of the beaches, the LCTs lowered their cargo of LCVPs — known as Higgins boats in honor of their creator — into the sea. Packed inside each boat were upwards of three dozen infantrymen.

Courtesy of The National WWII Museum

Overview of the Allied advancement at Omaha Beach during D-Day.