Pointe du Hoc

One of the 694 type casemate remains at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy

Address

14450 Cricqueville-en-Bessin
Normandy, France

Coordinates:

49.392976,
-0.988648

In either direction from the east or west you will take the D514 road until you get to the turn off at the D514A road, there you will take a right hand turn heading north until you reach the official parking lot for Pointe du Hoc.

There is ample parking but come early if you can as this is a major tourist destination in the summertime and there often coaches and buses full of visitors.

This is the kind of destination that needs to be visited with as fewer people around as possible to get the full effect. When I visited here in 2013 I arrived by 7:30 a.m. and there was no one there. It's a self guided tour and there is no admission fee, just walk in and around and you really get a good picture of what it was like for the U.S. Army Rangers on the morning of June 6th, 1944.

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The leistand or 636 type bunker at the northern most point of the batterie.

External links:

Rudders Rangers & the boys of Pointe du Hoc - click here

Rangers, Lead The Way! – How the Rangers at Pointe Du Hoc Turned Disaster into Victory during the D-Day Invasion - click here

Does Pointe du Hoc still matter - A controversial and intriguing look that re-writes the history books - click here


The official U.S. Army Ranger memorial at Pointe du Hoc.

Looking out across the barbed wire that straddle the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc.

All photographs on this visit were taken on Friday, August 16th & Saturday, August 17th, 2013 and are subject to copyright. Please be respectful and do not copy them for your own personal or professional use. If you would like to contact the photographer and admin of this web site please e-mail admin@germanbunkers.com

I used two different cameras on the 2013 visit. The Nikon Coolpix 35mm and the Apple iPad mini.

One of the many allied bomb craters casued during D-Day leaving the area looking like a lunar landscape.

One of the bunkers a type L409A now has an observation deck built on top for the many visitors to this historic site.

One of the open emplacements at the batterie.

A closeup shot of the mount for one the open air emplacement guns at Pointe du Hoc.

One of the ammo niches that run the circumference of the gun emplacement.

One of the steel doors frozen in time inside one of the 134 type bunkers.

One of two 694 type casemates at the Point du Hoc batterie.

Point du Hoc was occupied by the 2nd Battery of Army Coastal Artillery Regiment 1260 (2/HKAA.1260) equipped with six French GPF 155mm K418(f) guns. When originally constructed in 1943 the site had six open concrete gun pits (see above photos), but in 1944 it was being reconstructed to protect each gun with a fully enclosed H671 casemate. By June 1944, four of six casemates for the guns had been completed, along with an H636 observation bunker (see top of page right photo) and L409a mounts for 20mm Flak 30 anti-aircraft cannon. Heavy allied bombing raids were so destructive that the guns were withdrawn inland ad were not present on D-Day.
(source material D-Day Fortifications in Normandy, Steven J. Zaloga).

The crew of this exquisite 636 observation bunker would have had a commanding view of the ships and landing craft on the morning of June 6th, 1944.

A breathtaking view from the promontory at Pointe du Hoc, the 636 leistand bunker to the left.

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