This is an excellent, modern and spacious museum with ample parking for cars and coaches and there are toilet facilities plus a souvenir shop. The map with digital lights together with the short film clearly illustrate the importance of capturing the bridge over the Orne Canal (and silencing the Merville gun battery) to secure the flank of the British and Canadian beaches against enemy counter-attacks as the main seaborne invasion was launched some seven hours later. The artefacts, photographs and documents are nicely displayed. Outside, the main attraction is the original bridge itself still bearing the scars of battle together with a Bailey bridge and a Horsa glider. All this, coupled with a short stroll to the glider landing site, really brings home what a remarkable and outstandingly successful airborne operation to capture the bridge really was, despite all the obstacles that had to be overcome.
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