Visit to the Pegasus Bridge Museum

Today we cycled about 3km down to where the Pegasus Bridge crossed the Caen Canal.  It was removed and replaced with a more modern bridge

The Pegasus Bridge

and then restored into a museum site that remembers the action by Airborne troops on D Day, 6 June 1944 during Operation Overlord.   If you haven’t visited this museum it is well worth doing so.

Did you know that 3 of the Horsa gliders

a Horsa Glider carrying airborne troops

all landed within minutes of each other and within 50 metres of what is now called the Pegasus Bridge.  They had that bridge and another one close by secured without bloodshed within half an hour of landing.   This happened around midnight on the night of the 5th of June,  in time to reduce the German army’s ability to cross to the west to where the main invasion happened on Utah, Omaha, Juno, Sword and Gold Beaches on the 6th of June 1944.

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