For the last 25 years, author Neil Barber has researched the actions of the 6th Airborne Division on D-Day and the Normandy Campaign, interviewing those who took part and travelling the battlefield east of the River Orne. This has resulted in two definitive books, the first being ‘The Day the Devils Dropped In’ which describes in detail, the 9th Parachute Battalion's epic D-Day assault on the Merville Gun Battery and the subsequent ferocious fighting at the Chateau St Come on the vital Breville Ridge. The other is ‘The Pegasus and Orne Bridges’ which again describes this most famous action in unprecedented detail.
He is a committee member of both the 9th Parachute Battalion Reunion Club and the Merville Battery Museum, and also a representative for the Parachute Regiment Charity in Normandy, which is now responsible for looking after the memorials and other 6th Airborne Division interests in the region.
Neil has also put together three biographies for veterans, these being:
Fighting with the Commandos (Stan Scott No 3 Commando). Parachute Doctor (David Tibbs, 225 Field (Para) Ambulance and 13th Parachute Battalion) Fighting Hitler from Dunkirk to D-Day (Jeff Haward MM, 1/7th Middlesex Battalion).