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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Pointe du Hoc by using our Cricqueville-en-Bessin sightseeing planning app .
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C'est impressionnant, bien entretenu mais il manque peut être une chose pour que ça soit parfait. Il faudrait pouvoir accéder en bas de colline lors de la visite pour se rendre compte de la folie de c... more »It's impressive, well maintained but it may be missing one thing to make it perfect. You would have to be able to go down the hill during the visit to realize the folly of this act of bravery.
Parking gratuito y entrada al recinto, los perros no están permitidos. Se te ponen los pelos de punta, está todo muy bien conservado y te puedes hacer “más o menos” la idea de lo increíblemente duro q... more »Free parking and entrance to the enclosure, dogs are not allowed. You get your hair on edge, it's all very well preserved and you can make "more or less" the idea of how incredibly hard it had to be all
Amazing place to visit. Take precautions, because it's windy! Fantastic walk through site with plenty of climbing and searching of bunkers, so wear good shoes.
Despite the perfect weather, the atmosphere was heavy and solemn. The historical accounts of the battle and aftermath were detailed on various tablets on site, and one could almost hear the gunfire that once tore through the deadly two-day battle that killed and wounded hundreds of soldiers, including nearly two-thirds of the American landing force.
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