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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  • I have been visiting the site on my trips to Normandy since I was 14. 3 years on from my previous visit, the majority of the site, which for 75 years had been free to walk around, has now been fenced....  more
    I have been visiting the site on my trips to Normandy since I was 14. 3 years on from my previous visit, the majority of the site, which for 75 years had been free to walk around, has now been fenced....  more »
  • It is hard to appreciate how the soldiers climbed the cliffs under constant bombardment until you see them. The task they undertook is incredible. The huge bomb craters still remain in the ground... 
    It is hard to appreciate how the soldiers climbed the cliffs under constant bombardment until you see them. The task they undertook is incredible. The huge bomb craters still remain in the ground...  more »
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  • As a retired Vietnam Era veteran, my admiration and respect for those assault landing troops is limitless. If you can "See It" you can kill it. From those cliffs they could be "Seen" to the horizon. Then, there are the cliffs...! For some events there can never be enough praise....!
  • Many tours come here and on this particular day it was rather crowded as 7 buses of tours were here. We were not able to see the whole site but the views are beautiful and the history is undeniable. Come early or afternoon to avoid the tours. No backpacks allowed in the visitor center.

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