Visit of Pegasus Bridge in Normandy

A short tour around the famous Bénouville bridge (Pegasus Bridge) which was one of the first objectives of the landing on the night of 5-6 June 1944.

One of the first objectives of the landing were the control of some of the bridges to ensure communication between the various units of the landing. In the night from 5 to 6 June 1944 gliders landed just beside the Bénouville bridge (renamed Pegasus Bridge by the allies) and took it quite easily, there were only a handful of German defenders.

Visiting this site is easy, the more interesting thing to see is the Museum. The current bridge is a new bridge , the 'historic' bridge was moved to the Museum.

The Museum admission is charged, but you will not regret your money.

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Duration: 3 h.

Pegasus Bridge Museum

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Pegasus Bridge Museum
In the museum you can see many objects of the Normandy landing.

'The ''historic'' bridge'

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'The ''historic'' bridge'
The bridge has been moved and is now inside the Museum. Looking carefully you can see the bullet holes on the bridge. A soldier was killed in the middle of the bridge during the operation.

HORSA glider

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HORSA glider
318 gliders landed in the region during the landing. You can’t see the original gliders they were destroyed for their wood by the locals.

A reconstituted HORSA glider

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A reconstituted HORSA glider
A glider has been reconstructed according to the original plans. It could take 30 men or equipment.

The Interior of the HORSA glider

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The Interior of the HORSA glider
View of the inside of a glider. It is completely designed in wood. The men had to stay side by side during the landing.

Anti-aircraft machine guns in the Museum.

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Anti-aircraft machine guns in the Museum.
Anti-aircraft machine guns of 12.7 mm, which was mounted on a half-track.

The new bridge

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The new bridge
A tank is located at the entrance of the current bridge.

Landing area

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Landing area
'Right next to the bridge is the landing of gliders, they landed almost side by side. One of the gliders broke during the landing, the runway is very short. The stelae on the picture represent the places where the gliders landed. It''s just next to the bridge. Don’t miss it!'

The new bridge

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The new bridge
The current bridge looks like the historical bridge.
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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