Rangers take Pointe-du-Hoc
70 OF 200 RANGERS WHO SILENCED GUNS ON CLIFF LEFT Of Others 30 to 40 Were Wounded; the Rest, Nearly Half Were Dead. By LEWIS HAWKINS ABOARD ADM. HALL'S FLAGSHIP, FLAGSHIP, OFF NORMANDY, June 9 (Delayed) (AP). Before D-day D-day D-day there was a battery of six big guns planted on a cliff of an insignificant insignificant bit of Normandy protruding protruding out into the Bay of the Seine. These former French long-range long-range long-range rifles were capable of throwing throwing six-inch six-inch six-inch shells 10 or more miles out to sea and directly into the area in which transports were to gather for the start of the invasion. invasion. Those guns never fired a shot for Hitler; they were silenced by courageous American Rangers. United States planes and warships warships pulverized the point of land on which the battery was situated, but the guns were knocked out mainly because about 200 Rangers climbed the cliff, overcame the guns' defenders and held on for three days in as splendid a show of dogged courage as American fighting men ever have displayed anywhere. The Rangers who went on this assignment were companies D, E and F of the Second Ranger Battalion. Battalion. Out of about 200 who started out, there were approximately approximately 70 left on the shore when I talked to them today. Of the others, between 30 and 40 "had been wounded and evacuated to England. The rest nearly half the original contingent were dead.