Sword Beach: Taking Pegasus Bridge June 6, 1944

Sword Beach was a successful British landing in Normandy thanks to the British Commandos who took the bridges over Orne and Caen Canals. Today it is known as Pegasus Bridge, named after the commandos unit who captured it.

The importance of capturing the bridges over these canals is explained by our guide Robert using an exhibit from Pegasus Bridge Museum.

The inability for the nearby German units to respond to the approximately 15,000 British troops coming ashore on Sword beach saved many lives and allowed the British to establish a successful beachhead in this sector of Normandy.