The pointe du Hoc in Normandy

A visit in the footsteps of the landing of June 6, 1944.

The pointe du Hoc is one of the most important sites of June 6, 1944. It can be visited free of charge. The Germans had installed on the pointe du Hoc six guns of 155. This battery was directly threatening the landing on Utah and Omaha beaches. Allied headquarters decided to destroy these guns prior to landing. They started by intensive aerial bombardment, the guns being protected by casemates, the bombings did not have the desired effect. The Allied decided to send rangers to climb the cliff and seize the battery. In preparation for the landing the site was bombed by the vessels of the Navy. Immediately after the rangers had to attack the battery by the sea. Unfortunately the rangers have landed too far from the pointe du Hoc and the Germans had time to re-enter after bombardement. 225 men landed at 7:10 and began climbing the cliffs under German fire, at 7:55 150 survivors took the objective. The rangers are then noticed that guns had been moved further away and replaced with simple wooden posts. The Americans held the pointe du Hoc for 2 days prior to be joined by other troops.

Interest: notegood (1 note)
Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 2 h.

Bomb crater

Bomb crater
The German defences have not been totally destroyed despite the depth of the craters due to the bombing of the Navy and Allied aircraft.

Entrance to a bunker

Entrance to a bunker
You can visit the Interior of the bunkers that hold out the bombings.

Overview of the pointe du Hoc

Overview of the pointe du Hoc
'There''s no trail to descend on the beach. It is difficult to see the difficulty of the climbing.'

The pointe du Hoc

The pointe du Hoc
It is this cliff that the rangers have climbed to take the pointe du Hoc.

Memorial

Memorial
A monument to colonel James E.Rudder rangers who fought on the pointe du Hoc the 6.7 and 8 June 1944.

The main bunker

The main bunker

View inside the bunker

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View inside the bunker

A bunker on the site

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A bunker on the site
The guns were protected by bunkers. The day of the landing the rangers only found planks of wood covered by camouflage nets, real guns were found in a field one mile away.

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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