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D-Day: Pointe Du Hoc (Build With Chrome)
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Today being the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, I give you a poorly-done D-Day MOC! :P
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This was built with a program called Build With Chrome, since my Chromebook cannot run LDD. Very primitive, I know, BWC does not even allow the 1x1 cylinders to be placed sideways! This is just in time for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6th 1944; here we have a rendering of a little-known, but majorly important, action of D-Day: The landing of the US 2nd Ranger Battalion at Pointe du Hoc. Pointe du Hoc was located somewhere between Omaha and Utah Beach. The Rangers' objective: Capture or destroy six French 155mm artillery guns which could possibly be used to threaten the landings at the main beaches. However, German resistance was similar to that at Omaha, and the Rangers took heavy casualties. On top of it all, the 5th Ranger Battalion, who was to reinforce the 2nd Rangers once the guns had been taken, never got the signal and went on to Omaha. The 2nd Rangers resisted fierce German counterattacks throughout the day and night and into June 7th. The Germans withdrew that night as the Rangers were forced back to the edge of the cliffs. The Rangers were finally relieved on the morning of the 8th by armor from the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division. The 2nd Ranger Battalion took over 40% casualties, with just 90 out of over 225 men left fighting when the 116th arrived. Their mission had been accomplished, the French guns destroyed with thermite grenades. The famous phrase, "Rangers Lead The Way!" is said to have been quoted by the 2nd Ranger Battalion's commander, James Earl Rudder. On the 40th anniversary of D-Day, President Ronald Reagan unveiled a memorial to the men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion and gave one of his most famous speeches, to thank these brave men for what they had done that day.

A view from behind, almost as if a German soldier was staring out at the American Rangers.

A view from above, perhaps from a B-17 on its way to bomb Germany?

I shall probably create a wholly different D-Day MOC tomorrow, using real Legos. Until then, this is the Most Interesting Nerd In The World, signing off.




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