Soldats dans les dunes d'Utah Beach
Le camp des opérateurs radio
the first week of D-Day, the men lived in shallow foxholes
or in 3 foot-deep holes with pup tents set up directly over
the holes. The quality of comfort was generally dependent
on each person's creativity. The basic food was K rations
(A small crackerjack-type box containing cheese, crackers
and a small can of meat) during the first week was improved
to C rations and 10-in-1 rations over many weeks, and finally,
hot food in mess-hall tents set up by the U.S. Navy Seabees.
When the danger of possible encounters with the ennemy had
passed, most of the men in groups of 3 or 4, built large dugouts,
big enough for cots, tables, chairs and space for clothes.
The dugouts were literally spread out, in random fashion,
in fields within the view and walking distance of the bunker.
The men lived in those dugouts for several months and enjoyed
occasional visits from neighboring French citizens who occasionally
visited and provided the men with Calvados brandy to drink
and to use as fuel for cooking outside.
Touch football was very popular as was later writing and talk
about going home "soon". Eventually, it was decreed
that the unit had to leave their dugouts and move into 4-man
tents put up by the Seabees .