La Pointe du Hoc

It overlooks a cliff of 25 to 30 meters high with a pebble beach of about ten meters wide at its feet. It was the scene of one of the main operations of the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. Located between Utah Beach (to the west) and Omaha Beach (to the east), the point had been fortified by the Germans and was equipped with heavy artillery whose range threatened the two neighboring beaches. It was considered essential for the success of the landing that the artillery pieces be put out of action as soon as possible. This mission was entrusted to the 2nd American Ranger Battalion, which succeeded in taking control of the site at the cost of heavy losses. We advise you to read the excellent summary of this heroic battle on Wikipedia.