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Pointe du Hoc, Cricqueville-en-Bessin

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Pointe du Hoc, a rocky headland towering over the beach, has become a symbol of the courage of U.S. troops. Here, Germans had placed bunkers and artillery. The positions were bombed, shelled, and then attacked by 225 U.S. Rangers, who scaled the 35 m (115 ft) rock wall, besieged the bunkers, and finally took them, only to find there were no guns at all. They had been dismantled and hidden in an orchard. Only 90 rangers were still standing. Today, bomb and shell craters remain. A monument in memory of the 2nd Rangers Battalion is built on a control firing casemate at the site, where bodies of soldiers still lie under the ruins. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Pointe du Hoc by using our Cricqueville-en-Bessin sightseeing planning app.
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  • As Aggies, we had to make the trip to Pointe du Hoc where General Rudder (then LtCol) landed with his Rangers for D-Day. The signage to get to the location was good and the parking was ample. We... 
    As Aggies, we had to make the trip to Pointe du Hoc where General Rudder (then LtCol) landed with his Rangers for D-Day. The signage to get to the location was good and the parking was ample. We...  more »
  • On the day I went the weather was not the best and as this is exposed to the coast I would advise going on a nice day, in saying that I was still amazed at the amount of shelling that took place on D....  more
    On the day I went the weather was not the best and as this is exposed to the coast I would advise going on a nice day, in saying that I was still amazed at the amount of shelling that took place on D....  more »
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  • Several parking spots for many visitors, easy paths to walk to the site. Amazing seeing all the holes where Bombs were dropped. Very humbled to stand there knowing what the French people endured during the German occupation and the perseverance of the allied troops to take the location.
  • I honestly didn’t know much about the story of Pointe Du Hoc before coming here, but this is an amazing story of strength, courage and fortitude. A team of Army Rangers snuck up to these cliffs in the early hours of D-Day, scaled the 90-ft climb under fire and took the batteries here. The success of this mission prevented these guns from bombarding soldiers at both Omaha and Utah beaches during the D-day invasions.

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