D-Day: Pointe du Hoc

72 years ago…

History Geek

The prominent heights of Pointe du Hoc on the Normandy coast were the scene of a desperate battle during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.  The strategic promontory overlooks Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east, making it an obvious choice for a coastal battery.  To mark the anniversary of D-Day I thought I’d share some photos I took during a visit to the site.

100_3181 copy Bomb craters and the remains of fortifications at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy

The battery at Pointe du Hoc was constructed in 1942 and added to throughout 1943, as part of the Atlantic Wall, a series of German fortifications designed to defend against any Allied invasion, and was built to house six First World War 155mm French guns that the Germans had captured.  From the heights of Pointe du Hoc, guns such as these would wreak absolute havoc on the landing…

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