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Aerial Bombardment of Pointe du Hoc by the US Army Air Force before D-Day

Normandy, 1944
Prior to D-Day, the German coastal fortifications at Point du Hoc were bombarded by the U.S. Army Air Forces.  Unfortunately, the aerial bombardment had little effect on these concrete defenses. The men from the US 2nd Ranger Battalion suffered heavy losses while trying to scale the 100 foot high cliff.

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