Point du Hoc

This stronghold was taken by storm by the 2nd Battalion of Rangers commanded by Colonel James Rudder. The attack had been prepared by bombing during the night of June 5th - 6th. 700 tons of bombs were dropped by 124 planes in only a few minutes, while from the sea came a deluge of bombs and shells. The cliff was taken but out of the original 225 rangers, only 90 were still in fighting condition when the position was taken. The did so only to find that the bunkers were empty; the cannon had been removed inland.

The Entrance to the command post.

The outlook from the command post

View from inside

The scenery of Point du Hoc

One of the cannon bunkers, which was supposed to contain French 155mm cannons..

A "now and then" picture