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Pointe du Hoc, Cricqueville-en-Bessin

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Started our tour of the Normandy beaches here. What a good place to start. Spectacular views of the coastline and a short walk along the cliff top reveals a view of the mulberry harbour at Arromanche....  read more »
  • The tip of the hoc is an almost Lunar site with all the shell craters present. It allows to realize the violence of this war. You can also enjoy the beautiful scenery and the quiet of this place that contrasts with his past!
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  • This d day site is interesting for the historical details and information but also just for its own beauty on the coast of Normandy. Take a walk off the path for a view of the point and the coast. Int...  read more »
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