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Pegasus Bridge
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Roughly 5km south of Ouistreham, the main road towards Caen passes close by the site now known as Pegasus Bridge. On the night before D-Day, the twin bridges here that cross the Caen canal and the River Orne were a crucial Allied objective, and were the target of a daring but successful glider assault just after midnight. The original bridge was replaced in 1994, but is now the focus of the Mémorial Pegasus immediately to the east (daily: May–Sept 9.30am–6.30pm; Oct to mid-Nov & Feb–April 10am–1pm & 2–5pm; closed mid-Dec to Jan; €5). This vaguely glider-shaped museum holds the expected array of helmets, goggles, medals and other memorabilia, most captioned in English, as well as various model bridges used in planning the attack.

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