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 »
  • If you want an appreciation for what the Americans faced as they stormed the beaches at Normandy, this is the place. You have probably seen this place in movies but until you are standing facing the.....  more
    If you want an appreciation for what the Americans faced as they stormed the beaches at Normandy, this is the place. You have probably seen this place in movies but until you are standing facing the.....  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.
  • Amazing experience. The memorial is simple but says so much about the efforts and losses of that moment in history. Seeing this in person was a humbling experience. The artillery craters were mind blowing. They're all over the place and enormous. I will most definitely visit here again! And I highly recommend this as well as many other sites around Normandy.
  • 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.
  • One of the most emblematic places I have ever seen. It stands to remind the hardnesses and losses and bravery in Second World War. I would definitely recommend for visit. It is impressive place. Craters all over from bombing. An epic monument for the soldiers fought there.

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