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This was taken from the top of one of the German gun casemates on the grounds of Pointe du Hoc. The weather was damp and cool with a good bit of wind on this day, much like the day the Allied forces came ashore here.
Point du Hoc is a clifftop location on the coast of Normandy in northern France. It lies 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Omaha Beach, and stands on 100 ft (30 m) tall cliffs overlooking the sea. It was a point of attack by the United States Army during the Battle of Normandy in World War II.
At Pointe du Hoc, the Germans had built, as part of the Atlantic Wall, six casemates to house a battery of captured French 155mm guns. With Pointe Du Hoc situated between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east, these guns threatened Allied landings on both beaches, risking heavy casualties in the landing forces. Although there were several bombardments from the air and by naval guns, intelligence reports assumed that the fortifications were too strong, and would also require attack by ground forces. The U.S. 2nd Ranger Battalion was therefore given the task of destroying the strong point early on D-Day.
Not much has been changed at this location since D-Day. The French government graciously gave this location and that of the cemetery(previous post) to the US to be preserved.

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