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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  • Seeing the crater scared surface and the reinforced battery emplacements really gives you a small sense of what these Rangers were up against when they started the invasion. Just amazing.  more »
  • Pointe du Hoc occupies a very special spot in the history of the allied invasion of Normandy and the defeat of the Germans in World War II. In June 1944 American troops climbed very high and...  more »
  • This spot should not be left out when it comes to D-day history. The entrance was free, we actually went twice in one day because the weather was too bad to take photos the first time. There still is....  more »
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  • Amazing place to visit. Take precautions, because it's windy! Fantastic walk through site with plenty of climbing and searching of bunkers, so wear good shoes.
  • Despite the perfect weather, the atmosphere was heavy and solemn. The historical accounts of the battle and aftermath were detailed on various tablets on site, and one could almost hear the gunfire that once tore through the deadly two-day battle that killed and wounded hundreds of soldiers, including nearly two-thirds of the American landing force.
  • One of the better battery’s to visit. The views are amazing and between the remains of bunkers and shell impacts it gives you a better perspective of the challenges the allies overcame
  • To actually see the original guns still in place, awesome.
  • Beautiful, bomb cratered spot between Utah and Omaha beaches. A place to remember great bravery and sacrifice. The story and impression is indelible.

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