Professor (Emeritus) Duncan C. McDougall of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire Continues his Story.
(*A Romanian/English pun. Apologies to The Beatles.)
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Jour J Debarquement (D-Day Invasion) - Pointe du Hoc
You are peering down into a shell-crater.
On 6 June, it will have been 70 years since the U. S. Army Rangers climbed the cliffs under direct fire of the German defenders, and took the fortifications and the coastal artillery that would otherwise have been able to fire on the ships at sea, and both Omaha and Utah beaches. The Pointe du Hoc, still cratered with seemingly hundreds of wide and deep holes made by Allied naval gunfire and aerial bombs, bears the most direct evidence still visible of the ferocity of the historical event that we call D-Day.
The approach to Pointe du Hoc on a narrow country road.