Pegasus Bridge & Horsa Bridge

British 6th Airborne Division Landings In Normandy D-Day 6th June 1944
Foreword by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Carl Shilleto

Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
ISBN: 978 1 8884 309 7
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages: inc, 20+ maps & illustrations, 150+ photographs
Dimensions: 216mm x 135mm

Pub Date: July 2011

Price: £12.99 (€15.99)

This battlefield guide is the companion work to Merville Battery & The Dives Bridges. Together, these two books form the fully revised and updated edition of the previous best selling Battleground Europe Series book Pegasus Bridge & Merville Battery (published in 1999, 2001 and 2004).
This book explains the British and Canadian airborne operations, plans and objectives for the 6th Airborne Division on D-Day 6 June 1944. It also explains the supporting role of the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and commando units.
In addition to explaining how the first of those operations and objectives was achieved; this battlefield guide also relates to the battlefield area as it is today and contains details of  the museums, memorials and cemeteries in the area. All of which will unravel the history of the battlefield to the visitor and armchair traveller alike.
A comprehensive glossary, bibliography, order of battle, list of associated organisations and index, also makes this book an indispensable reference source for historians and enthusiasts.
To further aid the battlefield tourist, GPS data is also provided for all the places of interest mentioned in the book for use with either satellite navigation by vehicle or for viewing on Google Earth.

Detailed Synopsis

This book examines, in great detail, the attack by 2 Oxf Bucks and engineers of the British 6th Airborne Division, in six gliders, on the Caen Canal and River Orne bridges in the early hours of D-Day, 6 June 1944. It also describes part of the battle for the village of Bénouville by 7 Para and Ranville by 13 Para. It was the combination of these operations, with Royal Air Force and Royal Navy support, that allowed the link-up between the commando and airborne troops on D-Day; thereby, forming a bridgehead to help secure the eastern flank of the greatest combined military operation in history; Operation OVERLORD.

Battlefield Areas Covered

D-Day Landings area, Pegasus Bridge, Horsa Bridge, Bénouville and Ranville in Normandy, France.

Forces Deployed

Special Forces: Airborne and Commando.


The Parachute Regiment, The Glider Pilot Regiment, 6th Airborne Division, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, The Devonshire Regiment, Reconnaissance Regiment, 7th Parachute Battalion, 8th Parachute Battalion, 13th Parachute Battalion, 1st Special Service Brigade.


HRH The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief of The Parachute Regiment.

Personalities in Content

Actor & movie star, Richard Todd; comedian, Jimmy Edwards; Lt Gen Richard Gale; Gondrée family; England cricketer, Billy Griffith; Maj John Howard; Brig The Lord Lovat; Brig Nigel Poett.

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