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D-Day At Pointe-Du-Hoc

Airs Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Narrated by actor David McCallum and featuring interviews with surviving vete...

Credit: Courtesy of World War II Foundation

Above: Narrated by actor David McCallum and featuring interviews with surviving veterans from the Pointe-Du-Hoc assault, the documentary chronicles the dangerous and daring mission undertaken by U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger battalion during World War II. Led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, the soldiers scaled the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc in Normandy on June 6, 1944 to destroy six German cannons situated halfway between Omaha and Utah Beaches.

“D-Day At Pointe-Du-Hoc” tells the remarkable story of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger battalion. Led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, the soldiers scaled the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc in Normandy on June 6, 1944 to destroy six German cannons situated halfway between Omaha and Utah Beaches.

Many believed it was a suicidal mission for the men involved.

Photo credit: Courtesy of World War II Foundation

“D-Day At Pointe-Du-Hoc” chronicles the dangerous and daring mission undertaken by U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger battalion during World War II. Led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, the soldiers scaled the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc in Normandy on June 6, 1944 to destroy six German cannons situated halfway between Omaha and Utah Beaches.

Narrated by actor David McCallum ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and NCIS) and featuring interviews with surviving veterans from the Pointe-Du-Hoc assault, the documentary chronicles the dangerous and daring mission.

Photo credit: Courtesy of World War II Foundation

U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger battalion resting at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy‎, ‎France.

Weaving together the first-hand accounts, striking drone footage of the English Channel approach and imposing Pointe cliffs, and rare archival footage of the 2nd Rangers preparing for action, “D-Day At Pointe-Du-Hoc” shares an incredible story of adversity and courage from World War II.

D-Day At Pointe-Du-Hoc: Preview

“D-Day At Pointe-Du-Hoc” tells the remarkable story of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger battalion. Led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, the soldiers scaled the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc in Normandy on June 6, 1944 to destroy six German cannons situated halfway between Omaha and Utah Beaches. Many believed it was a suicidal mission for the men involved.

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Presented by WNED. Distributed by American Public Television.

Photo credit: Courtesy of World War II Foundation

Drone footage of the English Channel approach and imposing Pointe cliffs. Pointe du Hoc, Normandy‎, ‎France.

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