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PEGASUS BRIDGE

The British 6th Airborne Division had the job of securing and holding the British left flank. To accomplish this, they were to be dropped by parachute and glider to the northeast of Caen. Their target was the wooded ridge in the Bois de Bavent area, the German battery at Merville and several local bridges. The River Orne and Caen Canal run parallel from Caen to the coast. Between the villages of Bénouville and Ranville the coastal road was carried over the waterways by two bridges.

Glider assault

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