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Pegasus Bridge

This was my first visit to Pegasus Bridge. Why because it's all about the Airborne Right?


Well, I received an education whilst visiting the Pegasus museum. The first thing that I spied even from the car park was our Corps Colours stencilled on the back of a tank, but more on that later... looking around the museum it was interesting to see the role of the 1st Special Service Brigade including 45 Cdo RM who had not only crossing Sward Beach but had the secondary task of fighting trough and reaching the Caen Canal to join up with the 6th Airborne Division, no mean feet.



1st Special Service Brigade

No. 3 Commando No. 4 Commando No. 6 Commando No.45 (RM) Commando No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando


Map Showing the route of the Commandos


Within the grounds of the museum is a Centaur tank from the 5th Royal Marine Independent "Armoured Support Battery" primarily equipped with Centaur IV tanks fitted with a 95 mm howitzer; the unit was a short-lived, created for the Normandy Landings of 1944 and disbanded two weeks after D-Day. Now resurrected in today's Corps as the Armoured Support Group RM (ASGRM) Viking Squadron.


ASGRM was established formerly in 2007 although the unit had already deployed to Afghanistan in September 2006 under command of Major Jez Hermer MBE RM, who was the original Viking Armoured Vehicle Project Officer at HQRM when I was WO1(D) and an obvious choice to be the first OC. Jez was also instrumental in creating the Armoured Support Specialisation yes that's a thing...


External RN Link Armoured Support Group


On the 6 June, 1944 the RM Armoured Support Battery crossed Sword Beach comprising R, S, T and V Troops who were assigned to the 1st Special Service Brigade and at 13:30, they crossed Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal to join up with the 6th Airborne Division in defending the eastern perimeter of the DDay Landing. The arrival of the Commandos was famously led across by Bill Millin of No. 4 Commando, playing his bagpipes and the Brigade Commander, Brigadier The Lord Lovat DSO MC.



Centaur tank of the 5th Royal Marine Independent "Armoured Support Battery"



Refurbishment


External Link CWG Ranville War Cemetery. Is a short drive west from the bridges and worth a visit to reflect on the sacrifice our forefathers of 45 Cdo RM made that day.


Battlefield Tour with a difference. I'm considering a mounting bike and camping tour of the D-Day beaches in the summer of 2023 interested?

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Excellent article Dave, have visited , but the Tank had not been renovated then.

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David Sippitt
David Sippitt
Oct 06, 2022


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geofandjillh
geofandjillh
Oct 06, 2022

45s Memorial is at Mervill Franceville Plage near the Town Hall. That tank in the Pegasus museum sat opposite the Pegasus Bridge cafe rusting away before the refurb. Next time go in the Cafe and tell Mme Gondree likes RM - she name drops the odd CG and there’s loads of relics from Vets stopping there. Good report Dave -Thank you

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jkmeeds
jkmeeds
Oct 06, 2022

Good article Dave, Learn something every day

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rodplayford1955
rodplayford1955
Oct 06, 2022

Additional to my earlier post, Bill Millin attended the Regimental Dinner in the SNCOs Mess at RM Poole several years ago (when I was a mere Sgt) and was presented with a crystal decanter and two glasses suitably inscribed with the G&L and fine words, mounted on a wooden plinth. He regaled those of us present with a tale or two about the 'goings on' during that eventful period.

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