D-Day and Battle of Normandy museums
Inaugurated on June 4, 2010 by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, the “Pegasus Memorial” museum gathers collectible material related to Operation Deadstick, the assault on the Pegasus Bridge and the Horsa Bridge in the early hours of the June 6, 1944 by British airlifted soldiers belonging to the 6th Airborne Division. The memories of the fights gathered in this building were initially exposed from 1974 in the village of Bénouville until the closure of the museum in 1997 due to financial difficulties. Meanwhile, in 1993 (only a few months before the fiftieth anniversary of the Normandy landing), the historic Bénouville bridge (dubbed Pegasus Bridge) was replaced by a modern replica and then abandoned in a dump a few hundred meters from its location. initial.
The new building, located on the territory of the commune of Ranville between the two bridges, now exposes the historic Bénouville bridge which was saved from destruction, while a replica of an Horsa glider (used by the British during the Night Assault) was inaugurated in 2004 by Jim Wallwork, pilot on D-Day, as well as the Prince of Wales.
The Pegasus Memorial explains in detail the origins of this assault and honors the actors of the operation, through various explanatory texts, photo and video archives, equipment and military vehicles of the time, as well as richly illustrated models. The visit of the historic bridge “Pegasus”, whose traces of fighting are still visible on its metal structure, is also worth a visit.
Address: Avenue du Major Howard, 14860 Ranville
Telephone: +33 (0)2 31 78 19 44
– Coach parking near the museum.
– Parking lot for light vehicles near the museum.