Just watched Military Channel documentary on Omaha slaughter, which was epically tragic. The allied air attack designed to destroy German defenses on the beach failed due to weather, the historians say.
I didn't go to West Point, but my question is: why wasn't there a Plan B at Omaha? A few squadrons of P-47's and Tempests covering the Omaha invasion, flying under the mist and fog, would have saved hundreds of lives. Heck, even a few Hellcats from the FAA would have made an huge difference. They may not have destroyed German emplacements but would have at least given the first wave a chance to get out of tht boats.
This invasion was war-gamed both in the States and in England, under English weather conditions. Amazing how the planners anticipated the need to take out German defenses, but devised a woefully inadequate plan to protect the beach head.
It becomes the cost of doing business, and the invasion overall was a resounding success. Despite the high casualties, the Omaha contingent was not thrown back into the sea either.
If you assume a Plan "B", then you multiply that by all the other invasion points, and there have to be resources to spare for each of those, including basing, planning, controlling, adequate lines of communication, and a crucial issue of timing. The com resources in particular were so rudimentary that we can hardly comprehend them at this remove. Simply put, if resources like that had existed, the ability to bring them to bear in the proper time and space on an ad hoc basis were next to zero. So such resources were employed directly, to the extent they could be supplied and controlled and targets identified for them.
"Don't take your life too seriously, son. At the end of it, you won't be alive anyway."
Red Skelton's mother