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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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  • Apart from the fact that the scenery and views are beautiful this is a must see when you visit Normandy. The (remains) of the batteries, the craters, what the rangers accomplished, the sacrifice, it i...  more »
  • Three things stick out in my mind from Pointe du Hoc. Firstly, the bravery of the Army Rangers that scaled the cliff. Secondly, imagining the noise and violence from the shells leaving the landscape f...  more »
  • Last stop on our all-day tour of D-Day Normandy sites was here. Grim reminders of how Allied troops were bombarded by the Germans as they stormed the beaches on June 6, 1944, are still present in the ...  more »