Hold until relieved…. Hold until relieved…..
One of the famous lines from the movie, THE LONGEST DAY, refers to the assault on Pegasus Bridge on June 6, 1944, which was part of Operation Overlord or D-Day. We overlook many facets of history because the focus is usually on the larger narrative and the result. American history books discount the significance of this operation. This was a pivotal hinge point that could have changed the outcome of World War II. If it weren’t for this capture, the Germans would have been able to drive their tank forces into the allies flank, thereby compromising the entire invasion! The accuracy of the Horsa gliders landing in close proximity of the bridge was crucial! Mad props to the OUTSTANDING men of the British 6th Airborne Division!
These photos were taken at the Pegasus Museum in Ranville, France….
Visiting Normandy… Caen… Omaha Beach… Pointe du Hoc… Sainte-Mere Eglise… allowed me to correlate the events and places, essentially, connecting the dots geographically. After years of confusion, I can watch THE LONGEST DAY with comprehension. World War II history is fascinating.
Random fact: Did you know that the Canadians landed on Juno Beach?
Here are a few links that provide more information.