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“Excellent overview of the British airborne operation!”

Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Ranville
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Owner description: A memorial to the first British soldiers to arrive in Normandy who captured the Pegasus Bridge from the Nazis.
Paignton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
451 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
“Excellent overview of the British airborne operation!”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

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.

Visited May 2014
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Go. So we don't forget.”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

Having been brought up on WWII movies I was very excited to see pegasus bridge. My initial disappointment that it is no longer in its original location was forgotten the minute I arrived at this wonderful museum. It really does keep the memory alive and the exhibits in the museum are very interesting. And to walk on the bridge itself was overwhelming. The highlight of any trip to Normandy.

Visited May 2014
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Earnley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
200 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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“Good display”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Stayed a short time on our D-Day beaches tour, lots to read and see. British D-Day involvement memorials are "weak" compared to American and Canadian so it was good to visit the Pagasus bridge. Here the invasion force landed before the other beach heads don't forget!!

Visited April 2014
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Rainham, United Kingdom
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542 reviews
101 attraction reviews
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“personal recollections with a greater historic overview”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Very informative almost as it happened experience. One of the better museums in the area well worth a visit

Visited April 2014
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Felbridge, United Kingdom
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“A Very Interesting Museum”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

One of the best museums with a short film in English. Very interesting displays with info on individual veterans. Well worth seeing.

Visited April 2014
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