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The Pointe du Hoc in Normandy

A visit on the traces of the landing of June 6, 1944.

The Pointe du Hoc is one of the most important sites of June 6, 1944. It is free to visit.

The Germans had installed on the Pointe du Hoc site six 155mm guns with a range of 19,500 meters. This battery was a direct threat to the landing on the beaches of Utah and Omaha. The allied staff decided to destroy these guns before the landing. They started with intensive aerial bombardments, the guns being protected by casemates, the bombardments did not have the expected effect. The Allies decided to land rangers to climb the cliff and take the battery.

In anticipation of the landing, the site was bombarded by naval vessels. Immediately afterwards the rangers were to attack the battery from the sea. Unfortunately the rangers were landed too far from the Pointe du Hoc and the Germans had time to recover after the bombing.

225 men disembarked at 7:10 am and started to climb the cliff under German fire, at 7:55 am the 150 survivors took the objective.

The rangers then realized that the guns had been moved further away and replaced by simple wooden posts.

The Americans held the Pointe du Hoc for 2 days before being joined by other troops, leaving only 90 survivors.

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Duration: 2 h.

Crater due to bombing

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Crater due to bombing
One can be surprised, given the depth of the craters due to the bombardments of the Allied navy and air force, that the German defenses were not totally destroyed.

Entrance to a bunker

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Entrance to a bunker
You can visit the interior of the bunkers that resisted the bombing.

General view of the Pointe du Hoc

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General view of the Pointe du Hoc
There is no path down to the beach. It is difficult to see the difficulty of climbing the cliff.

La pointe du Hoc

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La pointe du Hoc
It is this cliff that the rangers climbed to seize the Pointe du Hoc.

Memorial

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Memorial
A monument dedicated to the rangers of Colonel James E. Rudder who fought on the Pointe du Hoc on June 6, 7 and 8, 1944.

The main bunker

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The main bunker

View from inside the bunker

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View from inside the bunker

A casemate on the site

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A casemate on the site
The guns were protected by casemates. On the day of the landing the rangers found only wooden planks covered with camouflage netting, the real guns were found in a path one kilometer to the south.

General view of the site

General view of the site
The site is not very big, you can visit it in one hour.

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