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“The very start of the D Day invasion”

Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Ranville
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 1 July 2018

There is still a bridge over the river, but it is not the original one, which is in the adjacent Museum, and there are memorials to each of the three gliders that landed with metres of the bridge.
In the museum, apart from the original bridge, there are the remains of the fusalage of one of the gliders, and many good examples of tanks, cannons and other vehicles used in the conflict.
An excellent place to begin a tour of the 1944 Normandy Invasion.

Thank hammondjohn270
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Brilliant brilliant plenty to see and do and staff helpful. Large exhibitions outside too and Pegasus bridge original located there. A must see and caters well for disabilities. Lovely area for a good look round as well but would recommend not going on bus tour as people complained not enough time to have a good look at everything

Thank pottypaula
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

One of the most dangerous and audacious attacks against the German occupation of France, just prior to the D Day allied landing on June 6th, 1944, was the secretive pre-emptive, night time glider landings of 240 British soldiers of the 6th Airborn Division at Benouville and Ranville. The mission was to take two key German supply route bridges and liberate the towns. Both towns were behind enemy lines and both were very close to the allies landing beaches in Normandy where British, Canadian and American forces were about to begin their assault for the liberation of France and Europe. The Pegasus Memorial Museum recounts the anxious moments and events very well and the displays include the entire original Pegasus bridge (used in the war movie ‘The Longest Yard’), an actual glider (each of the 8 original gliders carried 30 men), weaponry, video anecdotes (recorded as a memorial tribute by Prince Charles), personal recollections by those who participated in the attack, and several displays outside the main building. Admission is 8€. While you are there, there cross the new replacement bridge (installed 1994 – a replica, but slightly wider than the original) to see the first house in France liberated by the 6th Airborn Division. The original occupant (4 years old at the time) still lives there and welcomes visitors! The house is now mostly a small café, filled with memorabilia of the time. Well worth a visit – especially for history buffs!

Thank CruisersRus
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Visited last month, worth a visit and lots of information available, with plenty of displays both inside and out!

Thank Deaveman
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Crowded but first class museum and guides. Both Gondree and opposite restaurant, crowded and slow but the location compensates. Easily understood events. Suggest going to the museum first and then the site for better understanding.

Thank phred2505
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