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I am extremely excited to continue my ‘NORMANDY’ series of articles from the 2019 trip to France. The city of Benouville and Pegasus bridge is probably among the most recognizable and cited WWII places in France, yet the same information has been repeated from one source to another. I was out to research pretty every book I have found regarding the capture of Pegasus bridge accompanied by Apr. 70 books on D-day, occupation, and liberation of France, from classic ‘The longest day’ to the newcomers by Holland and Caddick-Adams, from Ambrose to the French travel guides of the 1930s. Apart from the exhaustedly detailed research of 12 000 words, you will find my photos of the sites as well as 70 rare historical photos, some of them published for the first time.
More than always, I would greatly appreciate your time reading the article, leaving your comments, asking questions, suggesting corrections. You feedback fuel my enthusiasm to travel, read books and do the writing and sharing.
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Anyway, well done, however, for the investment made.
I wish you success.
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another first-class work on your part, excellent, one can only take off the hat!
Ganz große Klasse!
Manchmal ist es noch wichtiger, zu wissen, daß man nichts weiß.
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You could also extend the article to tell more about the real battle for the Britisges that only started once the bridges had been capturesd. F Troop of 318 Battery 92 Light AA Regiment deployed around the Ranville and Benouville bridges at dusk on D Day - they came via Le Port and cleared that village. The troop commander was awarded an MC for his actions. IT may have been a clip of 40mm bofors rounds that blew a hole in the church tower not a Piat.
Their battle started on D+1. Over the next ten days their shot down fourteen aircraft (or vica versa). This was the battle that left the scars on the bridge. By the end of June the bridges were defended by a lot more 40mm and triple 20mm AA Guns. The details are err in my book on Gunners in Normandy. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NRF556W/ ... TF8&btkr=1
The 40mm Bofors on display painted in the colours of F Troop is not accurate. F troop were equipped with SP Bofors guns. This gun I suspect is a post war Bofors L60.