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Facts of Second World War army liberation

In 'On This Day', June 5 it is claimed that Cafe Gondree was liberated by paratroopers of 6 Brigade on June 5, 1944, the eve of D-Day.

While the cafe was probably the first part of France to be liberated, that did not happen until the early hours of D-Day, June 6. Nor was it liberated by paratroopers.

The men who landed at Benouville bridge were from 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

Benouville bridge was later renamed Pegasus Bridge.

What is little known is that, for a brief period, it was known as Antrim Bridge, since some men of 591 (Antrim) Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers reinforced the glider-borne Engineers who accompanied the Ox and Bucks.


Prehen, Co Londonderry

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