Pegasus Memorial

Caen
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Just a short drive from the ferry port at Caen, the British attack on Pegasus Bridge in the early hours of June 6th was crucial to the success of Operation Overlord. The bridge spanned the Caen Canal, a vital supply and communications route which had to be secured by the Allies.

The bridge was replaced in 1993 by something more suited to modern traffic and the original now has a permanent home at the Pegasus Memorial. Tour the visitor centre to see archive footage and artefacts, then wander the park to see not just the bridge, but also an original piece of Bailey bridge, a type of bridge that was designed to be easily and quickly put together by troops. There is also a replica Horsa glider, whose original likenesses silently dropped so many British soldiers beside the canal on that historic night.

 

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Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.