Throngs of Allied Troops Make Their Way Inland to Reinforce the Landing Force

June 1944 Photograph

Reinforcements continued to come ashore, along with artillery, jeeps, and a variety of supplies throughout the coming days. This materiel supported the infantry as they made their way toward Cherbourg, Colleville-sur-Mer, and Carentan, and would help secure the Allied foothold in Europe. The 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, the first African American unit to come ashore on D-Day, was responsible for deploying these balloons during and after the invasion.  

American troops climb the bluff overlooking Omaha Beach as units move inland to form the vanguard for the massive invasion of Nazi-dominated Europe.