The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

The Boys of Pointe du Hoc

Synopsis

"These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. Theseare the men who took the cliffs. These are thechampions who helped free a continent. Theseare the heroes who helped end a war."—Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984,Normandy, France

Acclaimed historian and author of the "New York Times" bestselling Tour of Duty Douglas Brinkley tells the riveting account of the brave U.S. Army Rangers who stormed the coast of Normandy on D-Day and the President, forty years later, who paid them homage.

The importance of Pointe du Hoc to Allied planners like General Dwight Eisenhower cannot be overstated. The heavy U.S. and British warships poised in the English Channel had eighteen targets on their bombardment list for D-Day morning. The 100-foot promontory known as Pointe du Hoc -- where six big German guns were ensconced -- was number one. General Omar Bradley, in fact, called knocking out the Nazi defenses at the Pointe the toughest of any task assigned on June 6, 1944. Under the bulldoggish command of Colonel James E. Rudder of Texas, who is profiled here, these elite forces "Rudder's Rangers" -- took control of the fortified cliff. The liberation of Europe was under way.

Based upon recently released documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Eisenhower Center, Texas A & M University, and the U.S. Army Military History Institute, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc is the first in-depth, anecdotal remembrance of these fearless Army Rangers. With brilliant deftness, Brinkley moves between two events four decades apart to tell the dual story of the making of Reagan's two uplifting 1984 speeches, considered by many to be among the best orations the Great Communicator ever gave, and the actual heroic event, which was indelibly captured as well in the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan".Just as compellingly, Brinkley tells the story of how Lisa Zanatta Henn, the daughter of a D-Day veteran, forged a special friendship with President Reagan that changed public perceptions of World War II veterans forever. Two White House speechwriters -- Peggy Noonan and Tony Dolan -- emerge in the narrative as the master scribes whose ethereal prose helped Reagan become the spokesperson for the entire World War II generation.

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  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 09min
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    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 09min
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    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 022
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 023
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 024
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 025
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 026
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 027
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 028
    Duration: 09min
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    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 030
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 031
    Duration: 07min
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    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 033
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 034
    Duration: 17min
  • Chapter 035
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 036
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 037
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