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Pointe-du-Hoc 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.
Above Left : reinforced bunker, and piece of another blown out. ---- Above Right : monument to 2nd Rangers at Pointe-du-Hoc.
Below :
at the top, the entire surface of Point-du-Hoc is heavily pock-marked by bomb and shell craters.
Above Left : reinforced bunker with shell damage. ---- Above Right : a Ringstand, or "Tobruk" machine gun emplacement.
Below Right :
all of the concrete and craters give the appearance of some maniacal golf course.
Above : nothing has been altered or moved, and reinforcement re-bar and concrete continue to lie where they originally fell.
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