The famous Pegasus Bridge in Normandy. The first bridge to be liberated by Allied troops on the continent of Europe. On June 6th 1944 Major John Howard and some 181 gliderborne troops (Ox and Bucks, Engineers and the glider pilots)
Landing their gliders only yards away in the dark, the troops stormed the bridge and surprised the German troops who had heard the gliders but thought it was falling debris from bombers hit by flak. Within 10 minutes the objective was taken and in this move the eastern flank of the landings at Sword Beach was secured. They lost two men in the process, Lieutenant Denholm Brotheridge and Lance-Corporal Fred Greenhalgh.
Lieutenant Brotheridge thus became the first member of the invading Allied armies to die in combat on D-Day. Only 1.5 hours after the beach landings the commandos under Lord Lovat linked up with John Howards men.
Several memorials are placed around the bridge. The original bridge was replaced in 1994 by an almost identical one. The original bridge was placed in the very nice Pegasus Museum not far from its original spot. #arnhem #market_garden #normandie #overlord #war #world_war_2 #ww2