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Assault on Normandy:
Pegasus Bridge

Format: NTSC
Length: 80 mins.
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Discs: One
Rated: Not Rated
Studio: Pen and Sword Digital
ISBN: 5060247620824
Item No. CP-0824Price: $24.95

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This DVD:

  • Charts the mounting of the operation, the Bridges' spectacular seizure and 7 Para's battle to hold it.
  • Offers extra features on the disc include: printable maps and orders, photographs, sample chapters from two Pen and Sword books and exclusive money off vouchers.
  • Includes a full electronic color tour guide to the sights and locations of Pegasus Bridge.

This DVD charts the slow development of British airborne forces and the directive given by Churchill in June 1940 to form both the Parachute Regiment and the glider airlanding brigades. We follow the plan to capture the two bridges over the canal and river between Caen and the sea from the germ of an idea, through preparations to its delivery as one of the most successful small unit actions of all time, in the opening hours of D-Day.

The DVD is split into four parts and each concentrate on a particular phase of the D-Day fighting: First are the gliders and their pilots who delivered the force, against all odds, in a poor weather and darkness to the bridges. The surprise and pin-point accuracy they achieved contributed significantly to success of the operation.

Next to be investigated is the thoroughly prepared and highly successful coup de main assault by Major John Howard's Company of Ox & Bucks Light Infantry on the two bridges.

After a badly scattered drop, Colonel Pine Coffin's 7 Para Battalion, only a fraction of its strength, arrived to relieve the Ox & Bucks and fought an equally epic battle against the growing strength of 21st Panzer Division until they in turn were relieved on the evening of D-Day when ground troops finally arrived from the beaches.

The famous Café Gondree is also included on the DVD. Indisputably the first house in occupied France to be liberated by the invading Allies, it was central to the story of Pegasus Bridge, its capture and holding. The family Gondree for their willing help and fortitude have over the years, become as much a part of all elements of Airborne Forces as the red beret!

MILITARY MACHINES INTERNATIONAL , 2010-09-15, SAID, "... a fascinating insight into this most famous of WW2 actions that is sure to be of interest to military historians and enthusiasts."

SCALE MILITARY MODELER UK , 2010-08-01, SAID, "For those who may have visited or are going to visit the Pegasus Bridge Museum in France and have walked across the D-Day beaches, this is an excellent companion to your journey. It is also a salutary tale of the heroism and guts shown by those carried in the flimsy Horsa gliders as they landed, took and held the Bridge until relieved. Superbly presented and extremely watchable."

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Fuehrer Headquarters Wolf's Lair Major Events in the Third Reich Red Baron, The True Story of Manfred Von Richthofen 20th April 1939 - Adolf Hitler's 50th Birthday Battleship Yamato

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