Scaling the Cliffs of Normandy

I just finished watching a documentary on the AHC Channel covering the D-Day assault on the Pointe Du Hoc, a small beachhead midway between Utah and Omaha Beach, which was dominated by 100 ft vertical cliffs.
According to the below-linked Wikipedia article, the assault involved only ten landing craft and 225 Rangers.

One wonders why such an assault was worth the effort; i.e., to capture an area serving as an observation post, and to capture a few german gun mounts, which, as it turned out, had been previously removed by the Germans.
It looks like such an effort would have been a suicide mission from the beginning.

However, the cliffs were scaled and the area taken by the Rangers, with 90 of the 225 Rangers surviving the attack.

Scaling the Cliffs of Normandy


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