Monday, May 5, 2014

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc is an area of German gun emplacements above a 100-foot high cliff, near the west end of Omaha Beach.  The target of Allied bombing operations in April 1944, Pointe de Hoc was taken on D-Day by American troops from the 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions.  The Rangers fought off German counter-attacks until June 8th, when they were relieved by troops arriving from Omaha Beach.  Today, the site is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Here's the remains of one of the German gun batteries.

These are just two of the bomb craters.

These chunks of concrete are wreckage of some other gun positions.

This turntable, on which a gun sat and rotated, now lies partially embedded in the ground.

Several tourists walk around the remains of another gun emplacement.

Another visitor looks out the door of an underground bunker.

This rocky area is the literal Pointe du Hoc.

For more on the battle for Pointe du Hoc, go here, here, here and here.

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