Avenue du Major Howard

14860 Ranville

MUSEUM PRESENTATION

MUSEUM PRESENTATION

HISTORY Welcome to the Memorial-Pegasus

The story of the museum

Inaugurated on June 4th, 2000, by H.R.H. Prince of Wales, the Memorial Pegasus is dedicated to the brave men of the 6th Airborne Division who fought during the Battle of Normandy from June to September 1944.

The Memorial Pegasus was carried out in a few months by the D-Day Commemoration Committee, chaired by Admiral Brac de La Perrière and in accordance with the will of its founding President, Sir Raymond Triboulet. Jean Quétier has succeeded to Jean-Marc Lefranc as Chairman of the D-Day Commemoration Committee since October 2021.

The Memorial Pegasus offers guided tours in a museum space specially designed for you to discover the missions of the 6th Airborne Division that were to precede the D-Day landings on the longest day...June 6, 1944.

Hundreds of historical artefacts, photographs, and moving memories of the liberation of the region are displayed inside the museum. The original bridge of Bénouville, later named Pegasus Bridge is on display in the park of the museum as well as a Bailey bridge, a half-track, several artillery cannons, and a life-size replica of the Airspeed Horse glider.

The collection is constantly enriched, and all the objects presented are steeped in history.

  • June 2000

    Inauguration by H.R.H. le Prince of Wales.

  • June 2004

    Inauguration of the replica of the Horsa glider by H.R.H the Prince of Wales.

  • June 2009

    6 monuments are unveiled to the public. It reads y the le ame of each soldier who was in the 6 gliders under the command of Major Howard.

  • June 2014

    Restauration of the Centaur Tank now on display in the park of the museum.

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