On D-Day, shortly after midnight, three gliders containing troops from the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infanty conducted a coup de main to capture the bridge over the Caen Canal. Operation Deadstick
as it was designated was to capture the Caen Canal bridge and another several hundred meters to the east over the Orne River. They were amongst the first engagements of Operation Overlord.
Although not paratroopers, the 2nd Battalion "Ox and Bucks" were part of the 6th Airlanding Brigade within the 6th Airborne Division. Parachutist reinforcements from the 6th Airborne Division starting landing shortly after the Ox and Bucks captured the bridge, and later a sign was erected bearing the Pegasus emblem of the British Parachute Regiment.
Since then, the bridge has been known as "Pegasus Bridge". A replacement sign still stands at the site, and the original can now be viewed in the nearby Pegasus Bridge Museum.
The smaller bridge across the River Orne is officially known as "Horsa Bridge", after the plywood gliders which delivered the initial assault force.