This week marked the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the commencement of the Battle of Normandy, which is recognised as the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. The first British troops to land in Normandy were from Delta Company of the 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (the Ox and Bucks) Light Infantry. They landed by Horsa Gliders and captured the Caen Canal Bridge (which was later renamed Pegasus Bridge in their honour). By securing and holding the bridge they were able to prevent German reinforcements reaching the beaches of Normandy.

In this short video book review Steen Bisgaard the 2nd in charge at WONCO-A Canungra Wing outlines the conduct of the operation and the key lessons to come out of this successful mission. 

 

Copies of Stephen Ambrose's Pegasus Bridge are available from the Defence Library Service (only available via DPN) or from the Open Library.