Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge
The story of Pegasus Bridge is inspiring. I was fortunate enough to visit the Pegasus Bridge and museum in July 2007. The Benouville Bridge, as it was originally called, had its name changed to the Pegasus Bridge in honor of the British glider infantry soldiers who liberated it hours before the D-Day invasion. Pegasus was the insignia worn on the shoulders of the British 6th Airborne Division. Elements of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry were given the task of securing two vital bridges on the left flank of Sword Beach hours before the D-Day landings. Failure may have resulted panzers and German reinforcements swarming the beaches and disaster on June 6, 1944. However, the brilliant execution of Operation Tonga, with Major John Howard in command, secured the key bridges.

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