Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial

Bayeux
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Standing right at the tip of this rugged clifftop, the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial was originally erected by the French in honour of the American Second Ranger Battalion who scaled the 100ft cliff to seize German artillery capable of firing on both Utah and Omaha beaches. Their mission succeeded but at a great cost with many lives lost. The simple granite monument is flanked by 2 tablets bearing an inscription to honour the Rangers who captured the Pointe du Hoc.

 

Nearby attractions

The Musée des Rangers traces the historic acts of the elite US Rangers who took the Pointe du Hoc on D-Day.

Forgotten for the past 60 years, the Batterie de Maisy was an integral part of the German Atlantic Wall around the Utah and Omaha beaches.

See the other side of the devastation caused by WW2 at the La Cambe German War Cemetery which holds 21,140 German graves. 

Visiting the beach today, it is difficult to imagine what faced the Allieds when they landed on this picturesque golden beach.

Places to visit nearby

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.