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By Stephen E. Ambrose

Within the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German security forces and cleared the path for the Allied invasion of Europe. Pegasus Bridge was once the 1st engagement of D-Day, the turning aspect of worldwide conflict II. This gripping account of it by means of acclaimed writer Stephen Ambrose brings to existence a bold venture so an important that, had it been unsuccessful, the full Normandy invasion may have failed. Ambrose strains each one step of the arrangements over many months to the minute-by-minute pleasure of the hand-to-hand confrontations at the bridge. this can be a tale of heroism and cowardice, kindness and brutality -- the stuff of all nice adventures.

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One minute behind Wallwork's glider was no. 2, carrying Lieutenant David Wood's platoon. Another minute behind that Horsa was no. 3 glider, with Lieutenant R. A. A. 'Sandy' Smith's platoon. The three gliders in this group were going to cross the coast near Cabourg, well east of the mouth of the Orne River. Parallel to that group, to the west and a few minutes behind, Captain Brian Friday sat with Lieutenant Tony Hooper's platoon, followed by the gliders carrying the platoons of Lieutenants H. J.

That target was a small, triangular field, about 500 metres long, with the base on the south, the tip near the south-east end of the canal bridge. Wallwork could not see it, but he had studied photographs and a detailed model of the area so long and so hard that he had a vivid mental picture of what he was headed towards. There was the bridge itself, with its superstructure and water tower at the east end the dominant feature of the flat landscape. There was a machine-gun pillbox just north of the bridge, on the east side, and an anti-tank gun emplacement across the road from it.

The bombing activity up at Caen was old stuff to them, not their responsibility and not worth a glance. The men in the machine-gun pillbox dozed, as usual; so did the troops standing-to in the slit trenches. The anti-tank gun was unmanned. In Ranville, Major Schmidt opened another bottle of wine. In Benouville, Private Bonck had finished his wine and had gone into the bedroom with his prostitute. He unbuckled his belt and began to unbutton his trousers as the woman slipped out of her dress. On the road from Ouistreham, Sergeant Hickman and his group in the staff car sped south, towards Benouville and the bridge.

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