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Cricqueville-en-Bessin in Calvados Département, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
 

Pointe du Hoc

Heroic Ranger Commandoes

 

—Colonel James E. Rudder —

 
Pointe du Hoc Marker, English inscription image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
1. Pointe du Hoc Marker, English inscription
Inscription. To the Heroic Ranger Commandoes D2RN E2RN F2RN Of the 116th Inf Who under the command of Colonel James E. Rudder Of the First American Division Attacked and took possession of the Point du Hoc

[French]
Aux heroiques Commados de Rangers D2RN E2RN F2RN du 116eme d’Infanterie qui prirent d’assaut la Pointe du Hoc Les 6.7.8 juin 1944 sous le commadement du Colonel James E. Rudder de la 1ere Division Americaine
 
Location. 49° 23.837′ N, 0° 59.36′ W. Marker is in Cricqueville-en-Bessin, Basse-Normandie, in Calvados Département. Marker can be reached from Rue Talbot. Click for map. This marker is located on the battlefield near Pointe du Hoc. Marker is in this post office area: Cricqueville-en-Bessin, Basse-Normandie 14450, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 29th Infantry Division Memorial (approx. 6.5 kilometers away); 6th Engineer Special Brigade Memorial (approx. 6.5 kilometers away); Royal Air Force 6 June 1944 (approx. 6.5 kilometers away); Le port artificiel "Mulberry" d'Omaha Beach (approx. 6.5 kilometers away); Ever Forward (approx.

Pointe du Hoc Marker, French inscription image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
2. Pointe du Hoc Marker, French inscription
6.6 kilometers away); National Guard of the United States Memorial (approx. 6.6 kilometers away); 29th Infantry Division at Vierville-sur-Mer (approx. 6.6 kilometers away); Le sacrifice des soldats américains sur la plage de Vierville (approx. 6.6 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Point du Hoc - World War II History Info. "It was a nearly 100-meter-high cliff, with perpendicular sides jutting out into the Channel. It looked down on Utah Beach to the left and Omaha Beach to the right. There were six 155mm cannon in heavily reinforced concrete bunkers that were capable of hitting either beach with their big shells." (Submitted on October 25, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. The Longest Day (1962) - Point Du Hoc - YouTube. Robert Wagner at his best. (Submitted on October 25, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Pointe du Hoc Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
3. Pointe du Hoc Marker
This monument was designed to resemble a dagger plunged into the earth. The inscriptions are engraved onto the hilt.
Pointe du Hoc image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
4. Pointe du Hoc
The beach and cliff assaulted by the Rangers image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
5. The beach and cliff assaulted by the Rangers
Entrance to the Obsevation Bunker and Machine Gun Position image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
6. Entrance to the Obsevation Bunker and Machine Gun Position
Obsevation Bunker and Machine Gun Position image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
7. Obsevation Bunker and Machine Gun Position
View of the English Channel from inside the Obsevation Bunker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
8. View of the English Channel from inside the Obsevation Bunker
Gun Emplacement image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
9. Gun Emplacement
Note bomb and shell craters are still visible.
Gun Emplacement image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
10. Gun Emplacement
Gun Emplacement image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
11. Gun Emplacement
155mm Gun Position of D-Day image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
12. 155mm Gun Position of D-Day
"The Germans, after suffering bombardment before D-Day, moved the surviving 155mm guns from Pointe du Hoc and repositioned them in a hedgerow south of this location. They erected dummy guns made from wooden poles to fool Allied aircraft. Rangers found and destroyed the actual guns, positioned to fire at Utah Beach, on the morning of D-Day. This recaptured gun is similar to the guns destroyed that day." Point du Hoc pamphlet
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 477 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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