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Benouville in Manche Département, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
 

First House Liberated in France

Pegasus Bridge Gondree Cafe

 
 
First House Liberated in France Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2008
1. First House Liberated in France Marker
Inscription. This was the first house in France to be liberated during the last hour of 5th June 1944 by men of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in the British 6th Airborne Division under the command of Major R. John Howard.

1ere maison de France libérée dans la dernière heure du 5 juin 1944 par la Oxfordshire & Buckinhamshire Light Infantry de la 6e Division Aéroportée Britannique sous les ordres du Major R. John Howard

Nearby wooden marker
The British 6th Airborne Division landed near this bridge on the night of 5th June 1944, as a spearhead to the Allied Armies of Liberation.
 
Location. 49° 14.549′ N, 0° 16.502′ W. Marker is in Benouville, Basse-Normandie, in Manche Département. Marker is on Avenue du Commander Kieffer (D514). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Benouville, Basse-Normandie 14970, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major R. J. Howard (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Pegasus Bridge Site (about 180 meters away); Lance Corporal Brian J. Mullen (Sapper), R.E. (about 240 meters away); The Bailey Bridge
Pegasus Bridge Gondree Cafe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2008
2. Pegasus Bridge Gondree Cafe Marker
(approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Horsa Glider (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Fourth Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (approx. 17.1 kilometers away); In Memory of All Canadian Gunners (approx. 17.1 kilometers away); Message to the French Resistance (approx. 17.1 kilometers away).
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Pegasus Bridge Gondree Cafe image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2008
3. Pegasus Bridge Gondree Cafe
Les 5 et 6 Juin 1944, nos libérateurs couraient en ces lieux sous la mitraille, pour qu'aujourd'hui nous y courrions en toute liberté.

50 ans après, le 12 Juin 1994, Fred Lebow, fondateur du Marathon de New York donnait ici le départ des Courses de la Liberté.
First House Liberated in France and markers image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2008
4. First House Liberated in France and markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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