Pegasus and Horsa Bridge Memorial Project 65


After last weeks club Mark mentioned that whilst looking for painting details for the Horsa Gliders for our big D Day Flames of war game at MK he had come across the project 65 site. He then bumped into them at the river festival where they had a stand- they are raising money to:

honour the memory of the men who took part in the Coup de Main operation to capture the bridges on the Caen Canal and River Orne in the early hours of D-Day 65 years ago.

The organisers of Project 65 aim to raise £500,000, part of which will be used to erect a simple but lasting memorial to the men of the Coup de Main force and those directly associated with that operation 65 years ago. The memorial will be erected directly in front of the original bridge within the grounds of the museum which now displays the original bridge over the Orne Canal.

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The idea is that a team of fund raising volunteers will leave Tarrant Rushton Airfield on June 4th next year and run 65 miles to arrive at Pegasus Bridge to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6th 2009.

They have one of the sons of the radio operator who landed in the no 1 glider with Maj John Howard taking part.

The project 65 site can be found here

3 comments

  1. Gordon rley · July 1, 2012

    My Grandfather sadly missed took part in securing the bridge the day before dday. Very proud of him and his bravery.

  2. Roman Candle · September 30, 2009

    Ambrose’s book should be required reading. The taking and holding of Pegasus Bridge is the best coup de main effort of the Second World War and the folks in the UK should never forget the Ox and Bucks led by Major John Howard. The glider pilots were incredibly courageous and skilled.. The British beaches needed success at Pegasus Bridge to protect them from German reinforcements and counterattack. And those beaches included my countrymen, brave Canadians who stormed Juno beach between Sword and Gold beaches.

  3. Chris NELSON · August 30, 2009

    iT IS AMAZING TO THINK OF THE MASS BRAVERY OF THOSE MEN. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE WORK PLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY EFFECIONADO’S TODAY. THEY WOULD GO NUTS.

    I HAVE JUST READ THE BOOK PEGASUS BRIDGE BY STEPHEN AMBROSE. IT HAS LEFT ME BREATHLESS AND AMAZED AT HOW TOUGH, BRAVE AND SELFLESS THOSE GALLANT SOLDIERS WERE. WOW.

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