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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  • October 6, 2017
    Do, this place is full of history and remnants of battles has to do with children. Predict good shoes
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  • October 5, 2017
    My wife and I participated in a Bayeux Shuttle American D-Day experience tour, which included stops and extraordinarily well presented information explaining the significance of many of the Operation ...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    It's impressive to be in this place when we know what happened. The remains of the bombing are still present (holes of more than 3 metres deep), completely unobstructed sea views. Easy to park on site.
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  • July 23, 2017
    The place was breathtaking. After getting back from the trip I learned even more about it and the speech that President Reagan made on Point de Hoc. I look forward to going back again. When there look around...beautiful flowers along the outskirts. An interesting contrast to all the death atop the point.
  • March 4, 2017
    This place blew my mind the first time I saw it. Really impressive, be sure to check everything out and take a picture inside of the craters. I'm happy I did :)
  • August 9, 2017
    Good clear signs with a few wild life treats
  • August 2, 2017
    Excellent beautifull spot. To avoid the crowd go there just before dawn.
  • May 16, 2017
    The sheer magnitude of shelling by the Americans, can still be seen at this historic site. Well worth a stop on your d-day tour.

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