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  • Glider Memorials, Pegasus Memorial Museum
    Glider Memorials, Pegasus Memorial...
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  • Bailey Bridge, Pegasus Memorial Museum, Bénouville
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  • Original Pegasus Bridge, Pegasus Memorial Museum
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Bénouville Things to Do

  • Pegasus Memorial Museum

    This is a fascinating museum, telling the story of the action around the Orne bridges, especially by 6th Airborne Division on 5/6 June 1944.The Memorial Pegasus is dedicated to the men of 6th British Airborne Division, “the Red Berets”. The 180 troops of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, commanded by Major John Howard, had the task of capturing the...

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  • Private Bill Millin, the Scottish Piper

    Piper Bill Millin piped Brigadier Lord Lovat as he crossed the Bridge at Benouville following the successful landing of the Horsa Gliders. Born in 1922, in November 2009 the old soldier received a delegation of French visitors from Colleville-Montgomery at the care home wher he lives in Dorset following a stroke. They brought him the news that a...

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  • Son et Lumiere

    Betwen June and September a Son & Lumiere production takes place every eveing in the semi-amphitheatre on the bank of the canal, seen in the background of the photo. We saw it in the year of the 50th Anniversary of D-Day when it continued into October and the evenings were darker Although then, back in 1994, it struck me as amateurish in comparison...

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  • Pegasus Memorial Museum

    This is a worthy memorial to the exploits of all those who participated in the taking of Pegasus Bridge and dedicated to the men of the 6th British Airborne Division.Among those participants was the young Scottish actor, Richard Todd. Many years later he took the role of Major Howard in the film "The Longest Day". The Major was not, apparently,...

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  • The Old Bridge

    The original bridge that stood close to where the gliders landed in June 1944 was replaced in 1994 becaise it was no longer "fit for purpose". Heavier, longer and higher lorries could not use it and traffic up and down the canal required more width.The old bridge is preserved as an historical exhibit in the Pegasus Memorial Museum. It gave me quite...

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  • Another place of Rembrance at Ranville

    Just a little way down the road from the Memorial Museum is one of the cemeteries of the Commonwealth Graves Commisssion. Ranville Cemetery holds over 2000 fatalities from the action in this area that followed the D-Day Landings. http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=2033500&mode=1

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  • Cafe Gondree, Pegasus Bridge

    One very interesting spot at the new Pegasus bridge is the famous Cafe Gondree. The first family in France to be liberated.The cafe was at the other end of the bridge where the gliders carrying the paratroopers landed and so quickly become a first aid post. It is still owned by Arlette, the daughter of Madame Gondree, who was actually in the...

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  • Pegasus Bridge - Horsa Glider Landing...

    Across the new Pegasus bridge is the exact spot of where the Horsa gliders actually landed on the night of the 5th June 1944. This gives you a real idea, of just what a brilliant bit of flying the glider pilots did that night. A brave piece of flying. You'll also find here a bronze bust of Major John Howard, who led the 2nd (Airborne) Battalion Ox...

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  • The "Café Gondrée"

    The first house of France to be liberated in June 44 is still a bar serving refreshments and selling postcards. Inside, visitors can see a small exhibition.Within a walking distance is the Château of Bénouville which can be visited specially during exhibitions.

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Bénouville Restaurants

  • Cafe Gondree

    It is impossible to classify this establishment. It is a symbol, an icon, a memorial and a museum. A tourist attraction of a special kind.A place of remembrance that will forever be associated with those brave men who silently glided in their remakably fragile looking craft, across the English channel one midnight in June 1944 . They landed behind...

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  • Ideal refreshment stop at the Bridge.

    I can always remember a cafe on this spot but in October 2009 it seemed to have had a bit of a face lift and extended. It is something of a tourist spot simply because of where it is. Big enough to accommodate large tour groups both within the restaurant and on the outside terace as well as independent travellesIt was a pleasant autumn day but not...

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  • The Food at La Glycine

    Excellent Evening. Great Service. One deserves such a meal at least once every six months! the menus are at www.la-glycine.comhere are some picturesour dinner cost us 104 euros, with a five course dinner, two glasses of wine, a large bottle of Badoit, two cafes. not bad at all, but of course one could have eaten much cheaper at some of the tourist...

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