The Pegasus Memorial is a museum dedicated to the men of the 6th British Airborne Division, the "Red Berets". They present their missions in Normandy from June 6, 1944, D-Day.
The division, commanded by General Richard Gale, was made up of paratroopers and troops transported aboard Horsa and Hamilcar gliders. It had to hold the eastern flank of the landing beaches in the face of German counterattacks coming from this direction.
The mission of the 6th Airborne Division was to be carried out according to three objectives: - The intact capture of the bridges on the Caen canal at Bénouville and on the Orne at Ranville, in order to allow the crossing of Allied reinforcements coming from the beaches. - The capture of the Merville battery with destruction of its cannons to prevent fire in the direction of Sword Beach on Ouistreham and in the direction of the Allied fleet offshore. - Taking a position on the heights east of the Orne and destruction of the bridges over the Dives.
All these missions were successfully completed before dawn, at the cost of heavy losses. More than 2,000 soldiers rest today in the Ranville cemetery, a few kilometres from the Pegasus Memorial.
Duration of the visit: from 2 hours
There is a large free car park onsite next to the museum, and a public car park opposite.
The film will guide you through the story of the D-Day landings.
There is a good gift shop selling a good variety of items. Some items seem unique to this particular museum.
Adults : 8.00 €
Children (8+ years) : 5.50 €
Children under 7 : Free
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