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.

 

Nearby attractions

The Ranville War Cemetery contains the graves of 2,235 Commonwealth servicemen, many from the British 6th Airborne Division who landed by parachute and glider nearby.

The Site Fortifié Hillman, or Hillman Bunker, is a 24 hectare site made up of 18 concrete bunkers connected by underground trenches.

Le Grand Bunker - Musée du Mur de l'Atlantique is a fascinating museum inside the German bunker at Ouistreham which has been recreated inside to look as it would have done on D-Day.

This museum pays tribute to the actions of the French commandos under Lieutenant Commander Philippe Kieffer, who landed on Sword Beach during the D-Day Landings.

Places to visit nearby

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Deauville in Normandy is a glamorous town on the Côte Fleurie ('flowery coast'), famous for horse racing and its international cultural festivals.

Trouville in Normandy is both a charming seaside resort and a picturesque fishing village all in one!

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