BRIDGE TO D-DAY

PEGASUS MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Mark Worthington goes on a flying visit to one of Europe’s most important D-Day museums – the Memorial Pegasus centre in Normandy.

The museum’s exterior, with weapons and fighting vehicles on show.
The entrance to the main museum building. (ALL IMAGES VIA THE MEMORIAL PEGASUS MUSEUM)

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, allied airborne troops landed on the flanks of the D-Day beaches in Normandy. There were two US divisions to the west, near Utah Beach, while the British 6th Airborne Division were on the eastern side, north of Caen. This comprised parachutists and glider-borne troops, who fought gallantly for more than two and half months but with considerable losses.

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