In the early
hours of D-Day, 1944, a group from the US Army 2nd Rangers Battalion were sent
on one of the legendary raids of World War II.
mission was to scale the cliffs overlooking Omaha beach and assault the German
coastal artillery at Pointe-du-Hoc, which allied intelligence had identified as
a threat to the impending invasion. It was thought that only a raid could
ensure that the guns would remain silent during the D-Day landings. But allied
intelligence was wrong. After climbing the cliffs under aggressive German fire
and securing the battery site, the Rangers discovered that the guns themselves
were no longer there. The determination of those heroic Rangers involved in the
initial raid allowed them to locate the guns, which had been relocated to
firing positions facing Utah beach, and destroy them before they could be used.
copy, 64 pages, by Steven J. Zaloga (Author), Howard Gerrard (Illustrator)]