Neil Barber has been interviewing veterans and studying the actions of the 6thAirborne Division in Normandy for over 25 years. In that time he has written two definitive books, worked as an advisor on both TV films and documentaries and as a proof reader for other authors writing about the Division. He is a Committee Member of the 9thParachute Battalion Reunion Club and a former member of the Merville Battery Museum Committee.
Neil’s two major publications are ‘The Pegasus and Orne Bridges’ (Their Capture, Defence and Relief on D-Day) and ‘The Day the Devils Dropped In’ (The 9th Parachute Battalion in Normandy – D-Day to D+6 – The Merville Battery to the Chateau St Come). Each took five years of research and are therefore detailed accounts of the events, 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 into their subjects in unprecedented detail and are unique in their ability to put the reader ‘on the ground’ with the men themselves.
The latest publications (March 2019) are Pocket Guide books for Pegasus Bridge and the Merville Battery. These have been specifically written as short walking tours, and are intended to enhance visits by providing a picture of what happened and where. They feature many ‘Then and Now’ photographs for on the spot comparison.
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).
See the relevant book pages for further information.