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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. To visit Pointe du Hoc on your holiday in Cricqueville-en-Bessin, and find out what else Cricqueville-en-Bessin has to offer, use our Cricqueville-en-Bessin vacation planner.
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  • A very nice site to visit between Museum, plates, or the bunker. Life is beautiful just like the history of the place.
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  • A very nice view to start. The remains of the impressive blockhouse and a question: how the commandos could dislodge a battery so well defended and overlooking the cliffs? The panels are very educational for all, and it really is a beautiful destination, with free parking
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  • Very surprising, all these craters, bombed, traces are present d-day in 1945. It feels like bcp d emotions. The view is majestic, provide an afternoon to visit. For the very small, uninteresting, in my opinion. ? For Tarnais who n will not forget this historic place.
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