Rangers use of equipment to scale cliffs at Pointe-du-Hoc
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. "