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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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  • Chilling experience of the bunkers intact and destroyed surrounded by impact creators from the blasts, helps feel the perspective from the german side as well as the americans. 
  • This place is build and set up by the Americans. I think they did a great job there. You can visit the Museum just when you get there. After that you will get a lot of information on your way to the c...  more »
  • Place with many historical burden, where you can see the results after the bombing. A view over the air is much more interesting as can be appreciated better than on the ground. It is important to wear comfortable shoes, great affluence of public area. Worth a visit, to better understand the important historical fact that happened is these lands. It is free, although you have opening hours and close, consult according to date.
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