Rangers at Pointe-du-Hoc
Rangers Scaled Sheer Cliffs By JOSEPH DRISCOLL. BAIE DE LA SEINE, France, June 9(CP) In one of th minor l-. l-. l-. A fl.t - 1 . ' . . Duryim pnases oi ine greatm-vasion greatm-vasion greatm-vasion operation, a force of Rangers overcame enemy cliff-top cliff-top cliff-top positions by climbing up rone ladders in the face of withering fire The Rangers American equivalent equivalent of Commandos were as-' as-' as-' signed to knock out six German gun positions cunningly placed in caves at the top of a sheer 200-foot'cliff. 200-foot'cliff. 200-foot'cliff. Only picked volunteers volunteers took part. Plans called for them to go in before dawn to beaches in amphibious amphibious ducks on which aerial extension ladders similar to those used by firemen had been fitted, but huge boulders blocked the way and it was impossible to get the craft close enough inshore. Undeterred, the Rangers waded to the beach in darkness and with a Lyle gun fired a grappling hook into the air. It caught on the edge of the cliff and . one man used it to clamber upwards, carrying four rope ladders which he put in .place. " While some of their comrades created a diversion farther down the beach, the Rangers crept up the ladders, carrying what equipment equipment they could. They were " detected, . but the top of the cliff jutted out 'sufficiently 'sufficiently to afford them some protection, protection, and they hurled back hand-grenades hand-grenades hand-grenades with great effectiveness effectiveness themselves. , When they reached, the summit they rushed four of the German gun positions, knocking them out by flinging TNT charges. A fifth gun had been knocked out by aerial action. A sixth gun had been moyed Inland but when they attacked in daylight the gun crew surrendered. '