ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Experience the history of Pointe du Hoc, and tour this World War II D-Day landing site in France with the Pointe du Hoc mobile application. Built for both iPhone and Android devices, this GPS-enabled application allows you to experience the site, where U.S. Army Rangers scaled the 100 ft. cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, destroyed a critical German battery and took control of the coastal highway, playing a crucial role in the Allied success of D-Day.
As the first smartphone app from the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), this free app serves as a tour guide to the site, and ensures ABMC tells the story of the Rangers on that fateful day. "It's our mission to tell the story of those that died in battle, to honor those that gave their lives in war," said Max Cleland, ABMC Secretary. "This smartphone application gives us a new tool to tell that story, a way to guarantee the courage and legacy of the 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions lives on."
Ideal for those touring this crater-pocked landscape that still bears the scars of battle, this app helps preserve the memory and spirit of the Army Rangers through 11 tour stops and seven points of interest. Perfect for those seeking a guided-tour of Pointe du Hoc or those who simply want to learn more about the battle, download the Pointe du Hoc App from iTunes or download the Pointe du Hoc App from Google Play to:
- Use GPS-enabled mapping to walk Pointe du Hoc, and see the German Observation Bunker, the 155mm Gun Emplacements, the Antiaircraft Gun Position, and more.
- Listen to Rangers recount their stories from this fateful day.
- See historic photos from June 6, 1944 and see the faces of those that scaled the cliffs.
- Understand how the battle of Pointe du Hoc contributed to the Allied success on D-Day.
Whether you're visiting France and walking the site, or you're in your living room, learn the story of the competence, courage, and sacrifice of the U.S. Army Rangers on June 6, 1944 at Pointe du Hoc.
In 2013 ABMC will launch a French language version of this app for both iPhone and Android devices, and ABMC will launch a web version of the app that will be available on www.abmc.gov.
Established in 1923, ABMC commemorates the service, achievements and sacrifice of the U.S. Armed forces. ABMC administers 24 cemeteries and 25 monuments, memorials and markers overseas. For more information visit www.abmc.gov or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com\abmcpage.
Contact: Tim Nosal, (703) 696-6789, [email protected]
SOURCE American Battle Monuments Commission