Pegasus Bridge

A WW2 Pocket Guide

Neil Barber

This comprehensive pocket guide to Pegasus Bridge is designed for anyone visiting the site but is equally useful for those wanting an accurate understanding of exactly what happened.

Neil Barber uses photographs and first-hand accounts to simply explain what happened in those first few vital hours of D-Day.
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Sabrestorm Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
illustrated throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781781220122
Pages : 52
Dimensions : 6 X 4 inches
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$7.95

Overview
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Pegasus Bridge is a legendary part of the D-Day story but myths and misunderstandings abound.

The 6th Airborne Division was to begin landing in this area during the early hours of D-Day with a mission to protect the eastern flank of the seaborne landings, commencing a few hours later. For the British and Canadians, this was just beyond Ouistreham, on the beaches codenamed SWORD, JUNO and GOLD.

The very first operation of D-Day was to be the capture of the Caen Canal Bridge (Pegasus Bridge) and the River Orne Bridge (Horsa Bridge) a little further up the road. These were the only two bridges between the sea and Caen and so were vital for the linking of the seaborne and airborne forces and also the resupply of the Airborne Division and evacuation of its wounded.

For the Germans, possession of the bridges was equally vital, as it would provide them with the opportunity to attack the seaborne forces in their most vulnerable area; the flank

This comprehensive pocket guide is designed for anyone visiting the site but is equally useful for anyone wanting an accurate understanding of exactly what went on and where.

Neil Barber has written a number of comprehensive guides to the Normandy Campaign including an in-depth look at Pegasus Bridge. Here he uses photographs and firsthand accounts to simply explain what happened in those first few vital hours of D-Day.

About The Author
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Neil Barber is the author of two of the most detailed books on their subjects; The Day the Devils Dropped In, relates the 9th Parachute Battalion’s D-Day assault on the Merville Battery and the vital battle at the Chateau St Come; and The Pegasus and Orne Bridges, which details the D-Day capture, defense and relief of Pegasus Bridge and its sister bridge across the river Orne. He has also edited two biographies; Stan Scott’s Fighting with the Commandos and Captain David Tibbs’ Parachute Doctor.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION - WHY WAS PEGASUS BRIDGE SO IMPORTANT ?
POSITION 1 – THE BUST OF MAJOR JOHN HOWARD, DSO.
POSITION 2 – THE CIRCULAR (CONTROL) TOWER.
POSITION 3 - WEIGHTED END OF THE BRIDGE.
POSITION 4 – THE ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN AT THE WESTERN END OF THE BRIDGE.
POSITION 5 – OUTSIDE THE CAFÉ GONDREE.
POSITION 6 – KNOCKED OUT GERMAN VEHICLE POSITION.
POSITION 7 – FACING THE 7TH PARACHUTE BATTALION MEMORIAL.
POSITION 8 – OPPOSITE NO 15.
POSITION 9 – FOOTPATH ALONGSIDE THE CANAL.
POSITION 10 – THE GUN EMPLACEMENT.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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