|The Objectives :
On the field order number one dated May 28th, 1944, one
can read "The VIIth corps will attack Utah beach the D Day at H-Hour
and will storm Cherbourg in a minimum of time".
On top of the objectives given to the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions,
the 4th Infantry Division should attack Utah beach at H-Hour, to establish
a landing zone, and then, push towards Cherbourg, jointly with the 90th
Infantry Division which would land at D Day + 1.
The Invasion :
At 0430 hrs, elements of the 4th and 24th cavalry squadron
reached the Saint-Marcouf Islands, facing Utah beach in order to seize
what was supposed to be an advanced post or a small fort. At 0530 hrs,
the elements were landed and the desert islands were occupied.