Aerial reconnaissance prior to D-Day indicated that gun emplacements were under construction at Pointe du Hoc to house a battery of six guns. Since these could threaten the UTAH and OMAHA invasion beaches, the position was heavily bombed in the weeks before the invasion. Construction was severely disrupted and to ensure that the guns were neutralised, US Rangers scaled the cliffs under fire and attacked the position in the early hours of D-Day. They successfully captured the position but found that the guns had already been removed. Pushing southwards to enlarge their defensive perimeter, a group of Rangers discovered and destroyed five artillery pieces concealed in an orchard.
You are here
Following the advice of UK and Scottish Governments, NCAP has now returned to limited operations in our offices.
We are now able to process orders for not-yet-digitised aerial imagery, to revised delivery timescales.
HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:
- Subscription access for HES online services will be unavailable (Scran, NCAP)
- Image purchasing options will be limited (Canmore, Britain from Above, Scran, NCAP)
- Any enhanced services which require a log in will be unavailable (My Canmore, Britain from Above contributions, Scran contribute)
General access to these services will all continue. Enquiries will still be able to be submitted.
We anticipate services to be restored from Monday 1st February 2021.