A Bofors gun guarding the bridges over the Caen Canal, Normandy, 1944
Photograph by Major Wilfred Herbert James Sale, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), 1944.
Soldiers man an emplaced Bofors gun, close to Pegasus Bridge on the Caen Canal. The Horsa gliders that delivered Major John Howard and D Company, 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry can be seen in the distance. Operation DEADSTICK took place in the early hours of 6 June 1944 and secured the capture of two bridges vital for Allied troops moving east from Sword Beach on D-Day.
From an album containing 210 photographs compiled by Major W H J Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), World War Two, North West Europe (1944-1945).
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