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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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  • How about this place in terms of history while American high command sent to the slaughter of hundreds of soldiers for nothing. Everyone knew that there was no gun in the workplace because they were not installed. For America to recognize this fault instead of fake heroes. All these dead deserve a medal.
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  • This place (free) allows, through clear and concise explanations to understand landing (and the days that followed) but also the strategy and organisation of the different camps. The shell holes, bunkers,... attest to this moment of tragic but important history for our country. The landscape is beautiful.
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  • Very emotional visit to this historical location with a tour group! It did indeed brings everything to life! The US Rangers suffered tremendous casualties in overtaking the German forces here during t...  more »