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(Biography) died ?455 ad, leader, with his brother Hengist, of the first Jutish settlers in Britain. See also Hengist


(ˈhɔr sə)

died a.d. 455, Jute chief. Compare Hengist.
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It supplies the names of the earliest Saxon leaders, Hengist and Horsa (who also figure in the 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicle'), and narrates at length their treacherous dealings with Vortigern.
His 68ft Horsa Glider was constructed almost entirely out of plywood, yet it survived landing at 80mph after flying from RAF Brize Norton and being subject to vicious anti-aircraft barrages from the ground.
There are historical inaccuracies with the unit's activities such as noting the unit towed Horsa gliders (they were Waco CG-4As) during the 1045 airborne launch across the Rhine.
While, according to legend, the Saxons conquered the Welsh due to the Treachery of the Long Knives, rather than a naval invasion per se, the fact remains that Hengist and Horsa (mythological twin founders of the first Anglo-Saxon kingdoms) are imagined to have come, originally, from Saxony, and to have settled, per Vortigem's concession, on the Isle of Thanet, at that point off the coast of Great Britain proper.
Six Airspeed Horsa gliders, each capable of carrying 15,750 pounds of troops and cargo, were tasked to land the assault force under cover of darkness.
The Ox and Bucks Airborne Troops had distinguished themselves just before the D-Day landings when they had captured Pegasus and Horsa Bridges over the Caen Canal and Orne River.
IT is interesting, and sad, to those of us who can remember the good (or bad) old days to read that the only remaining HORSA glider is gathering dust unseen.
Jefferson proposed, the children of Israel in the wilderness led by a cloud by day, and a pillar by night--and on the other side, Hengist and Horsa, the Saxon chiefs, from whom we claim the honor of being descended, and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed.
Led by Major John Howard, a team of Horsa gliders silently landed to take the strategically-vital bridge and another nearby after a 15-minute skirmish, in which two soldiers were killed and 14 wounded.
His mission was to help secure the Pegasus and Horsa bridges across the River Orne, a feat immortalised in the 1962 film, The Longest Day.
The British would use 440 Horsa gliders, which had twice the capacity of the Wacos, and 38 large Hamilcar gliders, each of which was big enough to carry a light tank and other heavy equipment.