OUT OF THE NIGHT - The First To Go In - Framed Collectors Piece
by Robert Taylor
Silently out of the night they came. With flaps deployed, three timber and plywood Horsa gliders swept swiftly down through the night skies, rapidly closing with their objective – Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal. On board, with tension etched deep into their blackened faces, men from the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, part of the British 6th Airborne Division, braced themselves for landing. They, and sappers from the Royal Engineers, were about to become the first fighting force to land in France on D-Day. They were about to make history.
Framed to full conservation standards, our expert team have included patches of the Ox & Bucks and Winged Pegasus insignia as worn by the 6th Airborne Division.
This now RARE Publishers Proof has been signed for posterity by TEN veterans who took part in D-Day including the encounter at Pegasus Bridge and assaults on the landing beaches:
- Private Billy Gray
- Private Alf Whitbread
- Private Frank Bourlet
- Sergeant Peter 'Rocky' Bright
- Private Stan Watson
- Craftsman Roy Bishop
- Gunner Ernie Brewer L.d'H
- Lance Corporal Harry Hopkins
- Private Frank Sankey
- Squadron Leader John Fisher DFC