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A Visit To The Benouville Bridge In France

A Visit To The Benouville Bridge In France

on Jul. 20, 1996 by

Normandy is one of the most beautiful regions in France. It is mostly known for being the site of D-Day during World War II and it's stunning beach fronts.

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We did quite some sightseeing in Normandy and at the beach where D-Day took place. We also visited Port-du-Pegasus.

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Pegasus Bridge is a bascule bridge (a type of movable bridge), built in 1934, that crossed the Caen Canal, between Caen and Ouistreham, in Normandy, France.

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Also known as the Bénouville Bridge after the neighbouring village, it was, with the nearby Ranville Bridge over the river Orne, a major objective of Operation Deadstick, part of Operation Tonga in the opening minutes of the invasion of Normandy.

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A gliderborne unit of the British 6th Airborne Division, commanded by Major John Howard, was to land, take the bridges intact and hold them until relieved.

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The successful taking of the bridges played an important role in limiting the effectiveness of a German counter-attack in the days and weeks following the invasion.

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In 1944 it was renamed Pegasus Bridge in honour of the operation. The name is derived from the shoulder emblem worn by the British airborne forces, which is the flying horse Pegasus.

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