Omaha Beach

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On the other American beach, the situation was difficult. The beaches of Omaha were a real trap for the troops of the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions. The first assault wave was brutally cut down, while the second left the beach strewn with the wounded, the dead and broken equipment.

La Pointe du Hoc

The assault on Omaha Beach encountered numerous difficulties and almost ended in a real disaster. At the price of heavy losses, the Americans finally emerged victorious, and took possession of the coastal villages.

At the same time, a little further to the west, the 2nd Ranger Battalion was charged with climbing the 30-metre cliff at Pointe du Hoc, assaulting the German battery and destroying its guns.

 

The 2nd Ranger Battalion was charged with climbing the 30-metre cliff at Pointe du Hoc...

In a few minutes, the best climbers reached the top of the cliff. There they discovered a complete field of ruins created by shells and bombs from Allied naval ships offshore, but no sign of the 155mm artillery, which had been withdrawn by the Germans a short time before. Towards midday Pointe du Hoc was in American hands.

 

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