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Standing on Pegasus Bridge
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On the night of 5th June 1944, gliders full of men took off from England flying to Normandy to take control of the Pegasus bridge from the Germans. It was decided that taking and holding this bridge was important as it was a major crossing point on the Caen Canal. Using only very basic navigation equipment the pilots of the gliders managed to bring the gliders down right on target and within 10 minutes had control of the bridge. Unfortunately 2 men were lost in the process.

This bridge stayed in place over the canal until 1993 when it was moved to its current location. In 1994 a new bridge was opened in its place looking almost identical apart from being wider.

Copyright: Robert bilsland
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Uploaded: 07/07/2010
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