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POINTE DU HOC, France -- The 2nd Ranger Battalion climbed the sheer, 100-foot cliffs to neutralize the German guns pounding Omaha and Utah Beaches on D-Day. The ground here is still pocked with holes from the bombers that pounded Pointe du Hoc to soften the target for the Rangers. Pillboxes that housed machine guns and bunkers still stand, and a few are broken pieces of concrete piles in the bombed holes in the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Valerie J. Weaver)


France and its historic provinces

POINTE DU HOC, France -- The 2nd Ranger Battalion climbed the sheer, 100-foot cliffs to neutralize the German guns pounding Omaha and Utah Beaches on D-Day. The ground here is still pocked with holes from the bombers that pounded Pointe du Hoc to soften the target for the Rangers. Pillboxes that housed machine guns and bunkers still stand, and a few are broken pieces of concrete piles in the bombed holes in the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Valerie J. Weaver)

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