Words cannot describe the intense sadness of this cemetery, so I simply shall not try… I did whisper a word of thanks to all the poor souls whose lives were stolen from them during those awful times…

American cemetary at Coleville-Sur-Mer, Normandy
American cemetary at Coleville-Sur-Mer, Normandy © Michael Evans Photographer
American cemetary at Coleville-Sur-Mer, Normandy
Map at the cemetery displaying the landing beaches.. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

After the cemetery we headed to Pointe du Hoc to see the site of the assault by the US 2nd  Ranger battalion on the top of the cliff, where it was erroneously believed that the Germans had a battery of captured 155mm guns trained on the invasion beaches. The effects of the intense fighting can still be seen today, as evidenced by the huge bomb craters all around the bunkers…

Pointe du Hoc, modern view. Seen from the south-east.
Pointe Du Hoc monument to the US Ranger Assault Group, who had the unenviable task of attacking the entrenched German positions 100ft up the sheer cliff… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Ranger monument at the Pointe du Hoc
Ranger monument at the Pointe… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Bomb craters at Pointe Du Hoc, Normandy
Bomb craters abound… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
View from inside a German casemate in Normandy
Defenders view from inside the casemate. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

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