Pointe du Hoc was 2 miles from our B&B. It is where the Rangers landed on D-Day and it is the Western edge of Omaha Beach. The Rangers had to scale the cliffs, jump over the top, and fight their way through the various fortifications. They were isolated there for two days before the infantry troops that landed could relieve them. It was one of the most heavily defended parts of Hitler's Atlantic Wall. The allies had heavily bombed the area. One historian said that the amount of bombs dropped prior to the landing
was equivalent to the firepower of the atom bomb. The huge craters are from the bombings and you can see the concrete fortifications throughout. By disabling the guns, the Rangers prevented the Germans from being able to fire on both OMAHA and UTAH beaches.
FYI: Pointe du Hoc is also synonymous with rain. It rained (poured) both times we went! We got a brief lovely period of sun about 20 minutes that allowed me to take these lovely pictures!
This brief history of Pointe Du Hoc has been provided by my sister Elizabeth