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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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  • Place o how historic and so moving. A reality of hell experienced by the soldiers who were there, no chance of survival for them, uncovered on high cliffs. A must visit in Normandy. Respect to impose by the school supervisors during outings, this isn't a playground and fun to run into the holes left by the bombs, that is unacceptable! A wise... Number of very young soldiers there have lost their lives and this requires silence simply contemplation.
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  • We had a good time visting Pointe du Hoc. Amazing that a group of Army Rangers scaled the cliffs here. There are plenty of German structures to see and many craters remain from US bombing. Out kids en...  more »
  • We realize on the spot that was the war with the holes of bombs and demolished bunkers. And also that the commandos have escalated to storm the tip of the Hoc.
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