Cycling in Normandy

The Chemin de Halage runs from Ouistreham to Caen, along the banks of the Caen Canal

Pegasus Bridge 7. June 1944 Pegasus Bridge at Benouville is the site of a famous early operation on D-Day. Between 0016 and 0018, three Horsa gliders (each with 28 troops) landed close to the bridge and took the 50 defending German troops by surprise. The bridge was secured within 5 minutes - five soldiers were injured and one killed. (Three gliders were also sent to capture the adjacent Orne Bridge. One of these gliders missed the target, and ended up mistakenly attacking a totally different bridge about 15 kilometers away, but the two that made it found that the Germans had fled and left this bridge undefended. The troops from the 'errant' glider had an unpleasant walk to Benouville across land which had been deliberately flooded by the Germans)

Pegasus Bridge and Cafe Gondree on far bank
Cafe Gondree at Pegasus Bridge
Two attempts were made by the Germans to recapture the bridge, before parachute reinforcements arrived at 0300.

Troops from the beaches reached the bridges at about 1230-1300.

The bridge over the canal now carries the name of Pegasus Bridge, after the insignia of the 6th. Airborne who had captured the bridges. The name was a deliberate deception, in fact Britain only had two airborne divisions, the 1st. and the 6th.

Southern Outskirts of Caen
On the Southern Outskirts of Caen

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