Excerpt from
Four Stars in the Window

At 0600, aircraft by the thousands filled he slowly brightening sky. So many rounds were being fired by the AA batteries that it was literally raining steel as the discharged rounds of ammunition fell earthward, and for once, Delmar was thankful for his steel helmt. The three battleships assigned to soften up the enemy fortifications on Omaha Beach were now exchanging rounds with the German 88-millimeter guns. Feared by Allied soldiers and considered by many to be the most effective artillery piece on either side of World War II, the 88 was an extremely versatile weapon that could be used as an anti-tank gun, an anti-personnel gun or as an anti-aircraft artillery piece. Now an 88 was firing rounds just over Delmar's LST, which was positioned between two battleships.

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