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Pegasus Bridge (Hardback)

The Capture, Defence and Relief of the Caen Canal and River Orne Bridges on D-Day

Military > Reference WWII

Imprint: Sabrestorm Publishing
Pages: 416
Illustrations: 160+ photos and illustrations
ISBN: 9781781220269
Published: 25th May 2024



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Midnight, D-Day 6th June 1944. Under the cover of darkness, six wooden gliders containing Major John Howard's Coup de Main party, head towards two strategic bridges spanning the Caen Canal and River Orne. They are tasked with their capture, the very first action of D-Day. Once these flimsy aircraft are down, whatever happens, the men know that they will be totally alone for a crucial period, awaiting the inevitable German reaction. Could Howard's Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry hold on long enough for the arrival of Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Pine-Coffin's 7th Parachute Battalion, entrusted with expanding the small defensive bridgehead into Benouville.

Could these and further elements of the 6th Airborne Division, landing and holding Ranville just to the east, prevent the recapture of the bridges and hold on until the arrival of the seaborne relief? These were the crucial questions for the Division on D-Day.

History now tells us that the whole operation was indeed a brilliant achievement, with the capture of the bridges being one of the Second World War's most legendary actions, but what actually happened and what did those involved have to do to ensure that the whole day was a success?

'Pegasus Bridge' gets to the heart of this in unprecedented detail. Employing meticulous study, research and first-hand accounts acquired over three decades, the author places the reader 'on the ground' with the men themselves; in their training, the flight across the channel, the glider landings, the parachute drop and ultimately wherever the fighting occurred, be it at the bridges, in Benouville or Ranville. This is complemented by a trove of photographs of the men themselves, making it a poignant record for posterity.

Step into the pages of 'Pegasus Bridge' and embark on a journey of valour, sacrifice, humour and the unwavering 'Go To It' spirit of those who defied the odds.

'Pegasus Bridge' is a fitting tribute to the soldiers' achievement and sacrifice.

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