Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge was the site of a dramatic glider-borne coup de main assault when three gliders carrying troops of the British 6th Airborne Division landed in the opening minutes of D-Day on the 6th of June 1944. Capturing the bridge intact after a short battle and holding it until reinforcements from the beach landings arrived. The original bridge was replaced by a larger similar-looking bridge when the canal was widened but the original is close by at Musée Memorial Pegasus Bridge. The site also has three monuments marking the locations where each of the gliders landed, a bust of Major John Howard and a German gun.

A symbol of courage and daring, holds a significant place in the history of World War II. Situated near the town of Benouville in Normandy, France, this bridge was a crucial objective during the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944. Named after the emblem of the British airborne forces, the Pegasus Bridge was captured in a daring glider-borne assault by soldiers of the 6th British Airborne Division, led by Major John Howard. The successful seizure of the bridge played a vital role in securing the eastern flank of the Allied invasion and preventing German reinforcements from reaching the beaches. Today, Pegasus Bridge stands as a solemn memorial to the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought for freedom on D-Day, reminding visitors of the extraordinary feats achieved on that historic day.

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