Moving right along! After the cemetery visit and a brief lunch, he headed along the coast to Pointe du Hoc. During Operation Overlord, over 200 Rangers set out to climb up the 100 foot cliff face in order to destroy enemy guns that were major threats to the success of the overall D-Day landing. The entire place is filled with craters from aerial bombs and the remnants of old bunkers. I felt like I walked inside a game of Call of Duty.
The most incredible part was standing at the edge of the cliff and looking down. The Rangers had to use rope ladders and grapple hooks to climb up the cliff while under enemy attack, which is completely unreal to me. I’d be hard pressed to climb the cliff right now, complete with harness, spotter, and helmet. The thought of climbing up on sheer strength while behing shot at, knowing that when you reach the top the danger will just intensify is inconceivable to me.
I think Pointe du Hoc may have been my favorite part of this whole trip. It was easier to understand the impact of the war after walking through physical evidence of it. I won’t ever forget this trip to Normandy and definitely plan on coming back.