juts out into the ocean, midway between Utah and Omaha beaches,
thus putting both beaches in range of its six 155mm cannons.
Bombed repeatedly before D-Day, and shelled by the battleship
Texas before the invasion, Pointe-du-Hoc was hit by more than
ten kilotons of explosives. On D-Day, the 100 meter-high cliffs
were scaled by the 2nd Rangers from the sea in order to ensure
that emplacement in heavily reinforced bunkers were neutralized.
bunker, and piece of another blown out.
monument to 2nd Rangers at Pointe-du-Hoc.
at the top, the entire surface of Point-du-Hoc is heavily pock-marked
by bomb and shell craters.
bunker with shell damage. ----
a Ringstand, or "Tobruk" machine gun emplacement.
Below Right :
all of the concrete and craters give the appearance of some maniacal golf
has been altered or moved, and reinforcement re-bar and concrete continue
to lie where they originally fell.