The Jeep was driven ‘hell for leather’ down the hill through the main street. There seemed to be Germans everywhere, as the Jeep sped through the paras were firing at windows and doorways. As the jeep bounced it’s way down the hill, one of the sappers lost his grip and was thrown out.
On reaching the bridge they quickly set about placing the demolition charges. Before the Germans arrived they blew the bridge and made their escape along the river bank, abandoning the Jeep and making their way back on foot.Troarn is not far from Pegasus Bridge and well worth a visit, you can reenact the Paratroopers Jeep dash through the village in your Jeep and try to imagine what it must have been like.
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