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US invests €6million in World War Two Normandy cliff site

The Pointe du Hoc in Calvados will be preserved and updated, and the visitor centre expanded to enable people to better understand what happened there on June 6, 1944

A view of the Pointe du Hoc historic site in Normandy

The Point du Hoc historic site is an infamous location associated with US heroism in World War Two Pic: essevu / Shutterstock

A coastal site in Calvados, northwest France, is to receive a €6million investment from the US to help preserve its place as a symbol of US heroism during the D-Day landings of World War Two.

The Pointe du Hoc Normandy cliff site is to be protected and redeveloped, in memory of the 135 US rangers who were killed there by the German army on June 6, 1944.

The investment work in the site is set to last two years. 

The Pointe du Hoc cliffs are considered to be particularly sensitive in US memory. 

"The place has even become sacred to [the US],” explained Scott Desjardins, superintendent of the Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery to Le Parisien. “It's one of the major symbols of heroism in the United States.”

The American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC), the American organisation in charge of memorial sites, now runs the space. It is responsible for protecting the cliff and redeveloping the site, which receives no fewer than 550,000 visitors annually. 

Mr Desjardins said: "The objective today is to enable hundreds of thousands of visitors to pass through without damaging the natural dimension of the site.”

The work will include a major clearing of the site, to show the remains of the ranger assault; and the updating of the current museum building. It is set to become a family-friendly visiting centre, which will offer permanent guided tours.

“The space will be enlarged to accommodate exhibitions and various tools, especially videos, to help visitors better understand what happened here,” said Mr Desjardins.

In 2010, the US Congress paid €4.8million to help reinforce the cliff and prevent further erosion. However, last May, a large boulder collapsed into the sea. This is likely to have helped prompt the latest round of investment and protection of the site.  

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