Replica glider at the Memorial Pegasus, Benouville.

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. IIIby 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 Campaignat the Laurier Military History Archive


A Question of Relevance”: The Establishment of a Canadian Parachute Capability, 1942–1945 by Bernd Horn
“If anything should happen to me” The Last Letter of Private Leslie Abram Neufeld, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalionby Siân Price
A Most Irrevocable Step: Canadian Paratroopers on D-Day, The first 24 hours, 5-6 June 1944,” by Bernd Horn and Michel Wyczynski


Mémorial Pegasus, Bénouville
La Poterie du Mesnil de Bavent, Le Mesnil
Merville Battery Museum, Merville
The Battle for Merville Batteryby Neil Barber at1940s Society


Sketches fromThe Victory Campaignby C.P. Stacey.