Pegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944 Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who was relieved of duty at the start at the start of Chapter 1, D-Day Minus Two Years?

At the start of Chapter 1, Private Vern Bonck was relieved of duty by Private Helmet Romer at the Pegasus Bridge, which spanned the Caen Canal near Benouville.

2. Who ran the cafe in town, and what did the Germans not know about them?

Georges and Theresa Gondree ran the cafe in town. Theresa spoke German, but the Germans did not know that Georges spoke English. The couple provided information to the Allies regarding German activities near the bridge.

3. What was Major Hans Schmidt, the German commander, worried about according to Ambrose?

According to Ambrose, Major Hans Schmidt was more concerned about partisans blowing up the bridge than about an Allied invasion. His orders were to blow the bridges to prevent them falling into Allied hands, but he did not place the explosives.

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