FIRST INTO BATTLE

AIRBORNE ASSAULT

ROY BAILEY DESCRIBES HOW A SINGLE SHOT TAKEN THE EARLY HOURS OF D-DAY ARGUABLY HAD A PROFOUND IMPACT ON THE REST OF THE INVASION.

Allied troops crossing the famous Pegasus Bridge shortly after D-Day. Note the glider in the background. (PA ARCHIVE)

Just after dawn on June 6, 1944, allied troops began landing on the beaches of Normandy to free Europe from the Nazi yoke. Yet the invasion had actually started earlier that day, and one of the most decisive actions had already taken place – and a remarkable moment perhaps saved the whole operation.

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