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Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus was the name given to a bridge over the Caen canal, near the town of Ouistreham.

The bridge, also known as the Bénouville Bridge after the neighbouring village, was a major objective of the British 6th Airborne Division, which was landed units by glider near it during the Normandy Invasion on the 5th/6 June 1944. It was given the permanent name of Pegasus Bridge in honour of the operation. This name derives from the shoulder emblem worn by the attacking British, which is the flying horse Pegasus.

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  • Text: Jeroen Koppes
  • Photos: Arjan Vrieze (1,2,3,4) & Ewoud van Eig (5)

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