Over the Craters to the Sea, Pointe du Hoc.
Pointe du hoc consisted of a battery of six 155mm captured french guns that were able to reach both Utah and Omaha beaches. After several attacks from the air it was decided that the fortifications were too strong to be put out of actions and would require a ground attack. The task of destroying the location early on D-Day was given to the U.S. 2nd Ranger Battalion. Unfortunately on D-Day things didn't go quite to plan and the U.S. Rangers sustained casulities. The damage you see touring the site can only give you a small idea on what it must been like on the site on the 6th June 1944.
Pointe du hoc consisted of a battery of six 155mm captured french guns that were able to reach both U...
France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.
Text by Steve Smith.