Photographer's Note

In the weeks prior to the Ranger Force's assault on the Pointe du Hoc, there had been massive bomber raids. Before the landings, early morning of June 6, 1944, the battleship Texas shelled the German bunkers heavily.
Alltogether the grounds had been hit by over 10 kilotons of explosives - the amount of the nuclear bomb that hit Hiroshima.
The ground resembles a landscape on the moon. There are bomb craters everywhere - and quite deep, too. Massive bits of concrete were strewn around like it were biscuits. As you can see here, the bunkers were quite damaged. But still the Germans were able to fight.

Nowadays, the Pointe du Hoc is still quite the same as it was when the fighting was finally over, on June 8th, 1944.

This spot leaves no-one untouched. Though there were lots of tourists, no loud voices were heard...

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Additional Photos by Frank De Cock (Dingo) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 5 N: 8] (79)
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