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PointeDuHoc

Why an attack on the Pointe du Hoc ? Situated just between Omaha
Beach and Utah Beach , the Pointe du Hoc dominates the sea of its vertical cliff from 25 to 30 meters high . It is set with a battery : 6 French 155 mm howitzers . It is
necessary to destroy this battery since it represents a threat for two landing beaches ( Omaha and Utah ). This is the mission given to a special American unit , especially created for the occasion , the 2nd R angers Battalion . The Pointe du Hoc was the objective , in the previous days and months the landing , of massive bombardments . The position , at the top of cliff , remains however very difficult to
conquer .
TH E LAN DIN G
H -Hour was scheduled for 0630 on June the 6th . The R angers approached the point with their flotilla of ten landing craft and four DU KW ' s , but the seas were rough and one LCA sank after taking on excessive water . Ten minutes later , a supply craft sank leaving only one survivor . In the confusion and strong tide , they approached the beach near Pointe de la Percée , at over 3 miles east of their objective . Rudder immediately realized his error and headed west toward the point , but not
But , because of the shelling from the U SS Texas and others , earth had piled up at the base of the cliff and the DU KW ' s couldn ' t approach close enough to the cliff to effectively use their ladders . On the other hand , the piling at the base gave the men somewhat cover from enemy fire and also made the height to climb less . After several failed attempts ( due to the weight of soaked ropes ) and due to the assistance of naval artillery ( especially the British destroyer the Talybont ), the R angers finally struggled to the top after incurring only 15 casualties . As men reached the top , they went off in small groups to accomplish their missions .
They reached the gun emplacements only to find that they had been removed and telephone poles had been temporarily installed . Lt . Col . Rudder then split his command into two . One group stayed behind to establish a command posts , while the other went in search of the missing guns . The second group headed south and found the guns in an apple orchard , where they had been removed in order to be saved from the bombardment . They were unguarded and were destroyed with thermite grenades . The primary mission of the R angers had been accomplished .
Up to this point , the German defenders had not yet recovered from their initial
PointeDuHoc Why an attack on the Pointe du H oc ? Situated just between O maha Beach and U tah Beach, the Pointe du H oc dominates the sea of its vertical cliff from 25 to 30 meters high. It is set with a battery: 6 French 155 mm howitzers . It is necessary to destroy this battery since it represents a threat for two landing beaches (O maha and U tah). T his is the mission given to a special American unit, especially created for the occasion, the 2nd R angers Battalion. T he Pointe du H oc was the objective, in the previous days and months the landing, of massive bombardments. T he position, at the top of cliff, remains however very difficult to conquer. T H E LAN DIN G H -H our was scheduled for 0630 on June the 6th. T he R angers approached the point with their flotilla of ten landing craft and four DU K W's, but the seas were rough and one LCA sank after taking on excessive water. Ten minutes later, a supply craft sank leaving only one survivor. In the confusion and strong tide, they approached the beach near Pointe de la Percée, at over 3 miles east of Z\ؚX]KY\[[YYX][HX[^Y\\܈[XYY\\H[ ]] X]\HوH[[HBH^\[\X\Y[Y\]H\HوHY[BH[\XB[YHYYX][H\BZ\Y\ˈH\[ B[[]H\H]HHY[Y]]ݙ\H[[^H\H[[XYHHZY[X\˂Y\]\[Z[Y][\ YHBZYوZY\H[YHB\\[Hو][\[\H \XX[BH]\\Y\H[X۝ KB[\[[HYYHY\[\[ۛH MH\X[Y\ˈ\›Y[XXYH ^H[ٙ[X[ܛ\X\\Z\Z\[ۜ˂^HXXYH[[\X[Y[›ۛH[]^HYY[[[ݙY[[\ۙH\YY[[\ܘ\[H[[Y   Y\[]\[X[[ˈBܛ\^YYZ[\X\B[X[[HH\[[X\وHZ\[[ˈBXۙܛ\XYY][[H[[[\Hܘ\ \B^HYY[[[ݙY[ܙ\B]YHHX\Y[ ^B\H[X\Y[\H\YY]\Z]Hܙ[Y\ˈH[X\BZ\[ۈوH[\YY[X\\Y H\[ H\X[Y[\šYY]Xݙ\YHZ\[]X[