Chapter 2: The Airborne Bridgehead


Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy by Terry Copp

Pegasus Bridge by Stephen Ambrose.

Official Histories

By Air to Battle: The Official Account of the British Paratroops in World War IIby The Air Ministry & The Ministry of Information [reprint edited by Bob Carruthers]

The Victory Campaign: The Operations in North-West Europe, 1944-1945. Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Vol. III by C.P. Stacey

Victory in the West Vol. I: The Battle of Normandyby Major L.F. Ellis

Primary Sources

Canadian War Diaries of the Normandy Campaign at the Laurier Military History Archive


Mémorial Pegasus, Bénouville

La Poterie du Mesnil de Bavent, Le Mesnil

Merville Battery Museum, Merville

The Battle for Merville Battery by Neil Barber at 1940s Society


From The Victory Campaign by C.P. Stacey.

The Invasion of Normandy Allied Concentration and Routes 6 June 1944 (Sketch 5, p 92)

Operations 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion 6 June 1944 (Sketch 6, p 118)