The following two publications each took five years of research and are therefore detailed accounts of the events, but related in the words of the men who were actually there. Every avenue of information has been followed, be it the interviewing of survivors, locating testimony by those who have passed away (both audio and written), walking the battlefields, plus analysis of photographic and film evidence. Consequently, the books go further into their subjects than any other published information and are unique in their ability to put the reader ‘on the ground’ with the men themselves.

The Day the Devils Dropped In

The first of these books is The Day the Devils Dropped In (Pen & Sword 2002), which deals with the 9th Parachute Battalion’s crucial D-Day assault on the Merville Gun Battery, which had to be silenced before the landings on SWORD Beach commenced. The subsequent week’s ferocious fighting by the Battalion on the Breville Ridge is also described. Their defence of this ridge at the Chateau St Come was crucial in preventing the Germans from capturing the all-important bridges across the Caen Canal (Pegasus Bridge) and River Orne.

The Day The Devils Dropped In by Neil Barber

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The Pegasus and Orne Bridges

So much has been written about the D-Day capture of Pegasus Bridge. However, most of it is regurgitated material from Stephen Ambrose’s 1984 book Pegasus Bridge. The Pegasus and Orne Bridges is the first and only book that goes into the capture, defence and relief of the bridge and that of the River Orne, in detail, and in the words of the men who were actually there. Five years of research has meant that evidence-wise, no stone has been unturned, be it written, audio, film or photographic, in producing this book.

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