Parts of the 29th infantry and Army Rangers were sent to the Western flank of the beach, while other parts of the 29th infantry and the 1st infantry division, took to the East. As the landing crafts neared shore, some of the coxswains deployed their men before they hit the beach. Those men had to either drown or drop all of their equipment. Others who made it to the beach, were exposed to enemy MG42 fire when the landing craft door dropped. As more men piled onto the beach, more confusion was added.

At 07:30, General Norman Cota along with another wave of troops, arrived at the beach. The elderly general scrambled up the beach to the seawall, picked up a discarded machine gun and sprayed up the cliff. Cota realized that most infantry were carrying light weapons, so the original objectives of OMAHA would most likely not be completed. Cota then contemplated a new plan right away. His new plan was to rally up all the men and push straight up the bluff no matter what obstacles. His plan became successful by using Bangalore torpedoes (tiny explosives) on barbed wire; they made up the bluff in less than an hour. Around 08:00, Allied tanks and destroyers (gun ships) were firing upon the beach to weaken the enemy.

By 09:00 almost 5,000 men were on the beach, along with dozens of vehicles. General Omar Bradley was worried about the troops on the beach. Bradley thought they were all stranded, for he hadn’t known of Cota’s progress. Bradley was thinking about diverting all men that were going to land on OMAHA, to UTAH. He was reluctant to do this because he would leave thousands of Americans to be captured or killed.

Meanwhile, at the top of the bluff, Cota led the men that had made it up the bluff to the small village of Vierville. The Allies found the village undefended. After they had captured the town, Cota led his men hastily back to the beach hoping that they could surprise the Germans on the Vierville Draw (which connected then beach with the village) and a couple of the defended positions around it. The Germans at the draw were focusing mainly on the Allies on the beach, not knowing Cota and his troops were flanking them from the rear, until it was too late. Men from the 116th Regiment and Cota’s troops killed or captured all Germans stationed at the draw. The tide of the battle had began to turn.

Still on the beach, there were many stranded, but a small number of Americans pushed up the bluff. Since the Navy had stopped landing men on the beach, the ones already on the beach could not retreat and could not receive any more reinforcements. The Allied destroyers were now placed several miles away from OMAHA beach, but they could still see what was happening. If they were to fire upon the beach, they could not do it with enough accuracy without hitting any Allies. The destroyer commanders did not want to interfere with a landing craft or hit shallow waters.

Finally, there was one brave enough to defy orders; the commander of the U.S.S. McCook (Lieut. Commander Ralph Ramey) could not stand to watch the horrible sight without action. So he charged the beach with his destroyer at full speed, firing the guns point-blank at the German positions atop the cliff. Quickly after that, every single destroyer off shore followed his lead, bombarding the enemy strong points with their shells. Within thirty minutes of the bombardment, half a dozen German gun emplacements were demolished, and the MG42 fire slowed considerably. On the beach, a few working radios were used to transmit this message, “Thank God for the U.S. Navy.”

Colonel Charles Canham, commander of the 116th regiment, rallied up men, and charged them straight up the bluff, with a .45 in his left hand (his right hand had been shot). Canham ran across the seawall, bellowing, “Get these men the hell off the beach! Go kill some (expletive) krauts!” To a U.S. officer he found in an abandoned German bunker, Canham roared, “Get your (expletive) out of there and show some leadership!” Canham’s men were now charging over the dunes, pouring onto the other side. Canham and his men met up with Cota at the top and began demolishing German positions.

The order of not letting any more landing crafts was still in place. Near 11:00 the beach began to clear. Many coxswains, who had been circling off shore for hours, now ignored the order to stop the landing. They then took the chance to land on the beach and empty their men and/or vehicles onto the beach. This wave of troops and equipment, which included tanks, reached shore mostly untouched. The top of the bluff now belonged to Americans.

Around noon, Bradley, who was still thinking about abandoning OMAHA, had no idea that the Allies had made such progress inland from the beach. Finally at 13:09, Omar received a message that changed his mind about everything: “Troops formerly pinned down…advancing up heights behind beaches.” Bradley later wrote, “I gave up any thought about abandoning OMAHA Beach.” Around 16:00, the Colleville Draw was in American possession.

D-Day grew worse for the Germans every passing hour. Not even the strongest and luckiest of the Germans could hope to hold off the Americans. The Allied air supremacy was in progress, which basically meant that no German could expect getting resupplied or reinforced. Around 22:30 the last German resistance was taken out. By 22:30 more than 30,000 troops came ashore at OMAHA. At the expected “walk-in” landing site, more than 2,000 had died, and 3,000-5,000 injured. The end of D-Day was nearing, and so was the German hold on France.