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Atlantic Wall in Normandy

Atlantic Wall in Normandy

D-Day on the beaches of Normandy

Pointe du Hoc, a promontory littered with craters and concrete blocks, stands out between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, two of the five beaches where the Normandy landings took place on June 6, 1944.

The German army built a defense post on this site from 1943 onwards, which was expanded in the spring of 1944 with six concrete casemates, of which only two were more or less completed.

In the run-up to the Allied landing in Normandy, the German reinforcements were bombarded. The rubble and bomb craters are a silent witness to this. Pointe du Hoc was, therefore, captured without too much trouble by American soldiers who climbed the cliffs.

D-Day and the storming of Pointe du Hoc were filmed in the 1960s in The Longest Day. The cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, among other things, were used as a shooting location.


The Allies also encountered heavy resistance at the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc. At the beginning of 1944, the German army built a new defensive stronghold with four casemates and a fire command post. The battery was part of the Atlantic Wall that had to repel attacks across the Channel. But on June 6, 1944, when the Normandy landings began, the Germans held out for only a few hours.

In the days preceding the landing, this reinforcement had also fallen prey to Allied bombing. The site is today preserved as a monument, the bunkers are well maintained, and the original 150mm guns that the German army installed there are also safeguarded.

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