Rangers hold Pointe-du-Hoc after disabling the guns
The afternoon battle wore on; no reinforcements within five hours. No more Rangers arrived, no regiment of infantry. No information. information. There was a big war going on everywhere. And these men were alone in a tiny pocket. On the left flank, one platoon methodically was trying to close in on a nest of Germans in an old farmhouse. It took a great deal of hand-to- hand fighting, but the Rangeri got within 100 yards of the place. Then they let go with rifle and machine-gun fire. Presently, from the tip of a bayonet, the Germans Germans flew the white flag of surrender. surrender. But the Rangers had been warned against Nazi tricks. Everyone Everyone lay low, waiting for the Jer- ries to come out. Then two impatient impatient Yanks rose up to go and get the prisoners. Rifles cracked. The first soldier fell with a bullet bullet through his head. The second fell back into a shell-hole with a shoulder-wound. "Now we were really mad," says Lieutenant Jim McCullers, of Columbia, Georgia. "We finally got that house, and cleaned it out. founded by mortar fragments' in the face, hands and neck, the lieutenant refused to he evacuated evacuated until (he job was done. Twice that night the Germans counter-attacked in force. Twice (he Hangers drove them back. At dawn, the Yanks resumed the of- lensive. By five o'clock that afternoon the Rangers had accomplished their mission. They were 1200 yards inland, and they had all of Pont Du Hoe.