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Pointe du Hoc, Cricqueville-en-Bessin

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Historic Site
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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  • We added this place to our trip around Normandie at the last moment. And must say this place is a must see place. The bunkers, the view, the area it self. A wow factor!!  more »
  • This was an unexpected treasure during our visit to Operation Overload (D-Day). We were amazed at the shear size of the craters. The fortifications some still intact some show the destruction. The bea...  more »
  • A nice super tour, and more in bright sunshine, bunkers everywhere, hollow and well preserved shell hole. And to top it all, beautiful views of the English channel
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