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Produced by Tim Gray Media and narrated by TV stalwart David McCallum (The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and NCIS), this riveting documentary tells the remarkable story of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger battalion, which, on June 6, 1944, scaled the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc in Normandy to destroy six menacing German cannons thought to be located there. For Operation Overlord to succeed, the 155mm guns, situated halfway between Omaha and Utah Beaches and within firing range of the planned Allied assault, needed to be eliminated. But to accomplish that goal, courageous men were sent on what many believed was a suicide mission.
Featuring interviews with surviving veterans from the Pointe-du-Hoc assault, the documentary chronicles the incredibly daring mission, including what happened after the Rangers fought through machine-gun fire, cut rope ladders, and lobbed grenades to find that the six artillery guns had been moved from the Pointe in the days prior. But the gripping story doesn’t end there, as the outnumbered and vulnerable Rangers were forced to hold off counterattacking German troops for a full two days to prevent them from retaking the strategic coastal position.
D-Day at Pointe du Hoc weaves together survivors’ firsthand accounts of the assault, striking drone footage of the English Channel approach and daunting Pointe cliffs, and rare archival footage of the 2nd Rangers preparing for action. It is a bracing story of adversity and courage on June 6, 1944.
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