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Pegasus Bridge-Benouville D-Day 1944 (Raid) [Kindle Edition]

Will Fowler , Johnny Shumate
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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The night before D-Day, men of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, accompanied by a detachment of Royal Engineers, landed in gliders at Benouville in Normandy. Their mission was to capture and hold the bridges spanning the River Orne and the Caen Canal, securing the Allies' flank, and disrupting the Germans' ability to send reinforcements to the landing beaches. Quickly overwhelming the guards, they managed to capture and hold their objectives, despite determined German counterattacks. Incorporating details of the training and preparations, as well as the operation itself, including many accounts from veterans of the mission, this in-depth and detailed study brings to life one of the most daring and vital actions of D-Day.

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"Zaloga covers the planning, the execution and the success of the raid very well. It is obvious that the author has gone to great lengths to research Pegasus Bridge, its importance during D-day, the planning and execution of the raid to capture the bridge and provides a very well written and accurate history of the raid. Anyone interested in D-day, British airborne troops and the raid to capture Pegasus Bridge will find this book very informative and interesting." -Randy Harvey, "Model Shipwrights"

About the Author

Will Fowler has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972, reporting for European, American, Asian and Arabic magazines from Europe, the USA, the Middle East, China and SE Asia. Among his more than 30 published books is MAA 133 Battle for the Falklands: Land Forces. A TA soldier for 30 years, he was commissioned from the ranks in 4th Bn Royal Green Jackets, and volunteered for Operation 'Granby' in the Gulf, 1990-91. In 1993 he graduated from the French Army reserve staff officers course at the cole Militaire, Paris. Will is married and lives in Romsey, Hampshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10550 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F586OBQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pegasus Bridge 6 Feb. 2014
By patrick
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This is a must read book.a Fantastic insight into a military operation through the planning to the operation and beyond. excellent account by the people involved in this famous action.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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We went to Normandy for the 70th anniversary. On 5th June there was a parachute drop over Pegasus Bridge which we went to see. On the following day, the 70th Anniversary, a number of D-Day books were in the Kindle Daily Deal, including this one. As I already have three D-Day books, I thought it pointless buying more. I was initially put off by the brevity of this book.

I ended up buying it anyway. I am very pleased that I did. Despite the brevity, it goes into so much detail that I had a far better understanding of the operation - far more than by just reading my other books (which were on the entire D-Day campaign, so obviously were less detailed regarding individual events).

I did things the wrong way round - visited Pegasus Bridge, then bought this book. If you plan on visiting the bridge I suggest buying this book; if you don't plan on visiting it, it will make you want to do so.

The bridge is only a few miles from Caen ferry terminal (which is actually in Ouistreham) - particularly convenient if travelling via that port.

(If travelling instead via Le Havre and the weather is good, may I suggest a detour via Honfleur harbour? A coffee outdoors, by the harbour, is lovely. Honfleur is only about a 10 minute drive from the motorway - it could hardly be less off your route - and only about 25 minutes from the Le Havre ferry terminal, the other side of the Pont de Normandie (bridge). You can continue towards the D-Day beaches or Caen either wholly or partially away from the motorway if you prefer - a more interesting journey which does not add too much to your journey time (though you might find it frustrating without a sat nav)).
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent detailed well researched. 7 Jun. 2014
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I read during D-day celebrations couldn't put it down.could imagine myself with the boys on the spot, what careful planning, training and research
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book solved a puzzle. Brian Mullen was a ... 11 July 2014
This book solved a puzzle. Brian Mullen was a family friend, who was sadly killed during the D-Day landings (when I was 9 years old.) A few years back I discovered that there was a plaque in his memory on Pegasus Bridge. S how did he get there/ I assumed that he had come in the gliders. I have been to Pegasus bridge and marvelled how they got three gliders into that space at night. As an American commander said of a similar landing to the east:"It was enough to give a man religion." Fowler's book gave a list of those who landed in the gliders (pages 22-23). Brian Mullen was not listed. But he is mentioned on page 57. Carrying a heavy rucksack, half-drowned in the landing on Sword beach, he had marched up with No 4 Commandos. only to be killed with many others by an enemy sniper as he crossed the bridge.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paras gain battle honour 4 Nov. 2010
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Maybe not one of the best known actions of ww2 but very important for many reasons. This book gives a concise account of whole operation which if you enjoy will be the start into maybe studying this action in much more detail
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pegasus Bridge 29 Oct. 2014
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A first class account of the capture of the two bridges which greatly contributed to the success of the D Day landings specifically around sword beach. Very well presented account of the men who where the fore runners to D Day. As someone who has visited the area I was thrilled to read about the places they had fought over. To walk in these places was a very poignant and moving occasion . A bargain price at 99p n all that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great or military historian buffs. 29 Aug. 2014
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The true story of the raid on Pegasus Bridge, with a number of recollections of the men who were there.

There are a number of photos and maps to accompany the story, making it all knit together well.

For military historians, it is well worth a read, if purely because of the recollections of the soldiers.
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Easy to read and understand. Some great facts and figures. Gives you a real sense of what it was like to be there and now want to re-read and visit the site.
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