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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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  • Looked really beautiful in the sunset. Lots of space for the children to run around. The bomb craters were very large !  more »
  • Quite an eye opening visit here. Great views along the coast and quite a large section to visit. It really hits home what happened on d-day and you can actually pictures the troops landing on the beac...  more »
  • Point du Hoc is a must see on the Normandy tour. It is very impressive to see the scale of what was accomplished on DDay and what our boys were up against. Highly recommend.  more »