Sunday, June 06, 2010

D-Day 2010: The Boys of Du Hoc

American Army Rangers stormed Pointe Du Houc as part of Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944. The Rangers suffered over fifty percent casualties in their successful effort to disable a strongpoint where the Germans could have inflicted even more major damage upon the landing troops (and possibly changed the outcome of the invasion). The Rangers were great heroes taking part of the Great Crusade to liberate Europe from the Nazis.

A formerly top secret map of the German installations is available via Britannica Online while Google Earth provides a decent overview of the high cliffs that the Rangers had to run up and attack.
Then President Ronald Regan gave a great speech in 1984 describing the sacrifice of the "Boys of Du Hoc."

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