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One of the most impressive feats of arms on a day when there were many took place at Pointe Du Hoc, a rocky promontory upon which were German casemates which contained big guns which, it was feared, could wreak havoc on the adjacent landing beaches. The US Rangers were charged with taking this position and knocking out the guns. The rest...as they say...is history! Today, the site is undergoing extensive building work to stabilise the crumbling cliffs, so access is restricted. Nevertheless, it's still awe-inspiring to think that men actually scaled those cliffs, under fire, and achieved their objective. Traces of the German positions still remain and the landscape is pitted with craters from the 1000s of allied bombs which fell upon it in the run-up to D-Day. Unfortunately, access to the Ranger Memorial is restricted due to the stabilisation work.

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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The grassy, lunar landscape can be seen behind me.

 

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Sabrejet

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Nice tour. Thanks.

 

Thanks...glad you found it of interest.

 

Sabrejet :thumbsup:

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Thanks...glad you found it of interest.

 

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Great shots Ian! They bring back great memories from my 1997 trip there.

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Not quite exact, but you get the idea. I am on the left.

 

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Nice then/nows Ski! It's a pity that key areas are out of bounds now due to heath and safety considerations. Hopefully, when the stabilisation work is complete they'll be accessible again?

 

Ian

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Great pictures. The views give a good footing for ones imagination of the events that took place there.

Nice to know that the site is being preserved as best it can be. Is there access to the beach area as well??

 

 

Unfortunately not JS, due to the crumbling cliffs and inherent danger of falling rocks etc. The speed of coastal errosion is quite alarming really. Without the stabilisation work, the most forward bunkers which support the memorial would end up in the Channel!

 

Ian

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Ian, that reminds me that it is time to unlimber The Longest Day dvd...

 

Someday, I hope to see all this in person!

MSGT William Gould, 8th Weather Squadron, USAAF WWII
MAJ Abner J. Barnett, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Division, USA Medical Corps WWI, WWII
T 5 A. Curtis Dufield, 147th Armored Signal Company, 7th Armored Division WWII

CAPT Thomas F. Hooper, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, WWII
"And then we all got invited to World War II and everybody's life changed." (Jean Kelly Barnett Gould 1922-2009 (My mom))
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Phil. 4:11b)
"That outfit was so bad that the CHAPLAIN went over the hill with a couple of guys." William Bryson Gould 1920-2012 )(My dad))

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Ian, that reminds me that it is time to unlimber The Longest Day dvd...

 

Someday, I hope to see all this in person!

 

 

The recreation in "The Longest Day" was actually filmed at Pointe du Hoc. A little tame by today's standards ( imagine if it had the Speilberg/ SPR treatment!) but not at all bad, nevertheless.

 

Ian

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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It sure is overwhelming standing there among the craters, destroyed bunkers, etc.

When I was there (three times), one still had access to the observation post and in there you had a great view over the Channel.

I sure want to go back and see how much has changed over the years.

 

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Wow, they're still working on the cliff? I guess it's a long-term, ongoing project. I was there back in March '10 and got caught in a flash rainstorm, those tunnels provided nice shelter and kept me from getting a cold! :lol:

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Fantastic then & now photos !! :thumbsup:

 

Vic

"We Polish soldiers, for your freedom and ours, gave our souls to God, our bodies to the soil of Italy, and our hearts to Poland"

 

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Thanks all. It really is mind-boggling to think what those guys actually did on that day. To say they possessed "the right stuff" would be an understatement! I salute them. :salute:

 

Ian

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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