Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bénouville - Pegasus Bridge ...

... map of the Bénouville Bridge on the Caen Canal
between Caen and Ouistreham ...
... Pont de Bénouville, the replacement Pegasus Bridge
built in 1994, a wider, stronger structure ...
... a "Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridge" or "rolling bridge".
 Bridges of this type do not pivot about a hinge point,
but roll back on curved tread plates attached to
the girders of the main span. This design allows
 a greater clearance of the waterway
for a given opening angle ...
source: en.wikipedia.org
... distant view of Château de Bénouville ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... designed in 1769 by architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux
 and built in 1770-74 and 1776-80 ...
... Bénouville Church as seen from the bridge ...
... Centaur IV armed with a 95 mm howitzer 
(with 51 rounds of ammunition) ...
... the Centaur IV tank in front of Café Picot ...
... was part of the Royal Marines Armoured Support group

which supported the 'D' Day landings at "La Brèche 
d'Hermanville" (Sword Beach) on 6th juin 1994 ...
source: infoboard
... the original Pegasus Bridge displayed in the Pegasus Museum park ..
by en.wikipedia.org
... is a rolling lift bascule bridge, built in 1934,

that crossed the Caen Canal ...
... The full size replica of a Horsa glider was constructed 
for the 60th anniversary of D-Day...
Airspeed Horsa ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The first units to land in France, during the Battle of
Normandy, was a coup de main force carried by 6 Horsas
that captured Pegasus Bridge, over the Caen canal,
and a further bridge over the River Orne. 
320 Horsas were used in the first lift and a further
296 Horsas were used in the second lift...
... M3A1 armored personnel carrier ...
... Airborne Museum Pegasus Bridge ... (EN)
'Memorial Pegasus' ...
by pegasus-bridge.org
... was inaugurated by HRH The Prince of Wales

on 4 June 2004 ...
The Memorial Pegasus is dedicated to the men of

6th British Airborne Division, “the Red Berets”.
The missions for the division on June 6th 1944
are presented in the museum ...
...map of the capture of the Bénouville / Pegasus Bridge by 
gliderborne troops, on the night of 5th/6th June 1944 ...
source: infoboard

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