Pegasus Bridge is a bascule bridge (a type of movable bridge), built in 1934, that crossed the Caen Canal, between Caen and Ouistreham, in Normandy, France.
Also known as the Bénouville Bridge after the neighbouring village, it was, with the nearby Ranville Bridge over the river Orne, a major objective of Operation Deadstick, part of Operation Tonga in the opening minutes of the invasion of Normandy. A gliderborne unit of the British 6th Airborne Division, commanded by Major John Howard, was to land, take the bridges intact and hold them until relieved. The successful taking of the bridges played an important role in limiting the effectiveness of a German counter-attack in the days and weeks following the invasion.
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... forces swiftly pressed on, Lovat himself advancing with parts of his brigade from Sword Beach to Pegasus Bridge, which had been defiantly defended by men of the 2nd Bn the Ox Bucks Light ... at Pegasus Bridge though the rendezvous time as per the plan was noon ... The commandos then marched across Pegasus Bridge to the sound of Bill Millin's bagpipes, as a result of which twelve men died, shot through their berets ...
... Pegasus Bridge and the structure that replaced it in 1994 are examples of a distinct subtype of bascule bridge, the "Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridge" or "rolling ... Bridges of this type do not pivot about a hinge point, but roll back on curved tread plates attached to the girders of the main span ...
... Lovat and Millin advanced from Sword Beach to Pegasus Bridge, which had been defiantly defended by men of the 2nd Bn the Ox Bucks Light Infantry (6th Airborne Division) who had landed in the ... at Pegasus Bridge although the rendezvous time in the plan was noon ... of Millin's bagpipes, the commandos marched across Pegasus Bridge as a result of which twelve men died, shot through their berets ...
... The objective was to seize Benouville Bridge, now known as Pegasus Bridge, over the Caen canal and Ranville Bridge, now known as Horsa Bridge, over the River Orne ... The original plan was for Wood to lead the first platoon across the bridge at Benouville, however shortly before D Day Howard changed the order of landing and Lieutenant Den Brotheridge was selected ... On D Day Wood and his No 24 platoon were in the second glider to land at Pegasus Bridge touching down at 00.17 hours, which was one minute after the first ...
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