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RANVILLE, France -- Pegasus Bridge was the first “attack” of the D-Day invasion. The British 6th Airborne Division seized the bridge from German soldiers before ground forces hit the beaches. The bridge was necessary to get supplies to the troops if the invasion was to continue.  It was captured before German soldiers could blow it up. Today it serves as link between the towns of Ranville and Bénouville. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Valerie J. Weaver)


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RANVILLE, France -- Pegasus Bridge was the first “attack” of the D-Day invasion. The British 6th Airborne Division seized the bridge from German soldiers before ground forces hit the beaches. The bridge was necessary to get supplies to the troops if the invasion was to continue. It was captured before German soldiers could blow it up. Today it serves as link between the towns of Ranville and Bénouville. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Valerie J. Weaver)

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