DHM1394. Piper Bill, Pegasus Bridge, Normandy, 13.00hrs, 6th June 1944 by David Pentland.
Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade, led by Lord Lovat, are piped past the defenders of the Caen canal (Pegasus) bridge by piper Bill Millin. The bridge was originally taken in a coup de main attack by the gliders of 6th Airborne Divisions D Company, 2nd battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, led by Major John Howard earlier that morning. Shortly afterwards the glider troops were reinforced by 7 Parachute Battalion, and together they held the area against German attacks until the main British forces landing at Sword beach could fight through to join them.
DHM6011. Storming Pegasus Bridge by David Pentland.
River Orne, D-Day, 6th June 1944. Glider troops of Major John Howards' D Company Ox and Bucks Light Infantry having achieved complete surprise, secured the bridge in a matter of minutes. Ever since it has been known as Pegasus Bridge in honour of the airborne forces winged horse emblem.
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The first man out of Glider No. 1 into Pegasus Bridge as part of the Coup de Main operation in the early hours of D-Day. He served with 25 Platoon of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.