Utah Beach (up top) was excruciatingly cold today.  You can see the remains of a German bunker on the left, an outer wall of poured concrete. The Germans fortified this particular beach much more sparsely than they did Omaha, as there were fewer points of desirable entry.  Fewer than two-hundred American soldiers died at Utah on D-Day.

Pointe du Hoc, the subject of the last three photos, was the location of a cliffside set of bunkers and gun-pits built by the Germans.  On D-Day, the United States Army Ranger Assault Group successfully scaled the cliffs (some by stabbing their bayonets into the cliffside and hauling themselves up) and assaulted the German fortifications.

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