Operation Deadstick Memorial

Located near the Pegasus Bridge in Normandy, France, the Operation Deadstick Memorial Plaque stands as a tribute to the daring and strategic glider assault carried out by British airborne forces on the night of June 5-6, 1944. This operation played a crucial role in the success of the D-Day landings and the liberation of France during World War II.

The Importance of Operation Deadstick

Operation Deadstick was a pivotal component of the Allied invasion strategy. The mission’s objective was to capture the Caen Canal and Orne River bridges (later known as Pegasus Bridge and Horsa Bridge) intact to prevent German reinforcements from reaching the beaches of Normandy. This successful assault ensured that the eastern flank of the landing area was secured, facilitating the movement of Allied troops inland.

The Assault and its Heroes

Led by Major John Howard, D Company of the 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, part of the 6th Airborne Division, conducted a precise and daring glider landing operation. In the early hours of D-Day, six Horsa gliders, towed by Halifax bombers, silently descended upon their targets. Despite facing significant challenges, the men of D Company quickly overcame German defenses and secured both bridges within minutes of landing.

Glider Marker 2

Glider Marker 2 was one of the markers used during Operation Deadstick, the glider assault conducted by the British 6th Airborne Division on the night of June 5-6, 1944. These markers were crucial for guiding the glider pilots to their landing zones near the vital bridges over the Caen Canal and the River Orne in Normandy, France.

Glider Marker 2, along with other markers and navigational aids, helped ensure the accuracy of the glider landings and the success of the mission. The markers were positioned by pathfinders, specially trained troops who parachuted into the area ahead of the main assault to prepare the way for the glider-borne troops.

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