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"The Pointe du Hoc"
"The Pointe du Hoc was a vital position on the Atlantic
Wall manned by the troops of Fiel-marshall Rommel ; its casemates
of concrete several feet thick, contained six 155 mm guns, capable
of firing on Omaha Beach and, even further away on Utah Beach at
the foot of the Cherbourg Peninsula.."
"On 6th June, at 7:10 am, 225 Rangers, quite unexpected, landed and heroically scaled the cliffs 90 feet high.."
"The Rangers struggled on for two long days and when these heroes were finally reinforced by troops which landed
on the night of 7th and 8th June, only 90 of them remained, many of whom were wounded.."
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial"
"The Normandy American Cemetery is one of 14 permanent
American World War II military cemeteries on foreign soil. The government
of France granted use of this land, in perpetuity, as a permanent
"The graves area contains ten grave plots, five on each side of
the main mall. interred within them are the remains of 9,387 servicemen
and women. Three hundred and seven of which are unknowns (whose
remain could not be identified).. The Precisely aligned headstones
against the immaculately maintained emerald green lawn convey
an unforgettable feeling of peace and serenity." "Overlooking
Omaha Beach, this place is conducive to meditation and remembrance.
A chapel and a memorial add the finishing touch to this moving scene."
Caen Peace Memorial is a unique site dedicated to the history
of the 20th century, from the Second World War through to the end
of the Cold War, and a reflection on the challenges of the 21st
century, including peace, geopolitical stakes, the environment."
"Caen Peace Memorial"
extract from The D-Day Landings and The Battle of Normandy; Normandy
American Cemetery Documentation; Pointe du Hoc Rangers Museum Documentation