Pointe-du-Hoc Battlefield - Cricqueville-en-Bessin, Basse-Normandie, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers
N 49° 23.800 W 000° 59.300
30U E 645961 N 5473498
Quick Description: During WWII D-Day Landings, US Forces bombed and climbed Pointe-du-Hoc to take over a German fortification. // Pendant WWII, les forces américaines ont bombardé et monta Pointe-du-Hoc de prendre en charge une fortification allemande.
Location: Normandie, France
Date Posted: 7/10/2015 6:07:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMP6R7
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 9

Long Description:
[EN]
In World War II, German forces occupied Pointe-du-Hoc and transformed the quiet spot into a fortified stronghold protecting a battery of heavy guns. On the morning of June 6, 1944, US Army Rangers scaled 90-foot cliffs to capture this heavily defended position and then held it against repeated counterattacks. Their heroic action helped to establish an Allied foothold in France and begin the liberation of Europe.

At the end of the two-day action, the initial Ranger landing force of 225+ was reduced to about 90 fighting men. In the aftermath of the battle, some Rangers became convinced that French civilians had taken part in the fighting on the German side. A number of French civilians accused of shooting at American forces or of serving as artillery observers for the Germans were executed.

Pointe-du-Hoc now features a memorial and museum dedicated to the battle. Many of the original fortifications have been left in place and the site remains speckled with a number of bomb craters. On January 11, 1979, this 13-hectare field was transferred to American control, and the American Battle Monuments Commission was made responsible for its maintenance.


[FR]
Dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les forces allemandes occupent Pointe-du-Hoc et transformés l'endroit calme dans une citadelle fortifiée protégeant une batterie de canons lourds. Dans la matinée du 6 Juin 1944, US Army Rangers escaladèrent les falaises de 90 pieds pour capturer cette position fortement défendue et a ensuite tenu les contre-attaques répétées. Leur action héroïque a aidé à établir un pied alliées en France et de commencer la libération de l'Europe.

À la fin de l'action de deux jours, la force initiale d'atterrissage de Ranger de 225+ a été réduit à environ 90 combattants. Au lendemain de la bataille, quelques Rangers sont devenus convaincus que les civils français avaient pris part aux combats du côté allemand. Un certain nombre de civils français accusé d'avoir tiré sur les forces américaines ou de servir en qualité d'observateurs d'artillerie pour les Allemands ont été exécutés.

Pointe-du-Hoc dispose désormais d'un mémorial et un musée dédié à la bataille. Beaucoup des fortifications originales ont été laissés en place et le site reste moucheté avec un certain nombre de cratères de bombes. Le 11 Janvier 1979, ce domaine de 13 hectares a été transféré au contrôle américain, et l'American Battle Monuments Commission a été chargée de son entretien.
Name of Battle:
Pointe-du-Hoc


Name of War: World War II

Entrance Fee: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Parking: N 49° 23.580 W 000° 59.300

Date(s) of Battle (Beginning): 6/6/1944

Date of Battle (End): 6/7/1944

Visit Instructions:
Post a photo of you and/or your GPS in front of a sign or marker posted at the site of the battle.

In addition it is encouraged to take a few photos two of the surrounding area and interesting features at the site.
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