Location:

POINTE

DU HOC

 

Open gun position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covered gun position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cratering from the bombing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cliffs – giving an indication of the height the Rangers had to climb.

 

 

 

 

 

The entrance to the Pointe du Hoc memorial site today.

 

 

 

 

 

POINTE DU HOC: Between Omaha and Utah beaches, this was the site of German battery capable of firing on both. Lieutenant Colonel James Rudder, commanding the 2nd Ranger Battalion, was given the task of scaling the cliffs and silencing the guns. Despite considerable difficulties, he and his men succeeded in doing so and took the position. The guns had already been moved, but were found and destroyed later. The Rangers, after a 60% casualty rate, held out for two days, 36 hours longer than planned.