Army Rangers Rest atop Pointe du Hoc after Securing the Cliff

June 6, 1944 Photograph

On D-Day, the men of the elite 2nd Ranger Battalion were on a mission to seize Pointe du Hoc, eliminate a number of 155mm guns on the cliffs above, and assault the German position firing on the west flank of Omaha Beach. As the first to land on their section of beach, the Rangers faced intense machine-gun fire and grenades as they fought their way to the top of the cliffs. The Rangers succeeded in driving the Germans from their positions, but found the large guns had been removed from their casements prior to D-Day.  They took heavy casualties during their assault but were vital in cutting off the German left flank on Omaha Beach.

Courtesy of The Naval History & Heritage Command

U.S. Army Rangers rest atop the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, which they stormed in support of Omaha Beach landings on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

Army Rangers at Pointe Du Hoc