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.