3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2014
I am interested in how the allied troops spent their time here in England, so this book looked like a must read for me and luckily I was proved right. The author has mixed very informative text with very interesting pictures taken by veterans and also pictures that he has taken himself, showing the areas where the troops were billeted and what they look like today. Taken on a journey around the area the 101st frequented, with interesting insights into the buildings each Division were billeted and a history of the families who lived there made this book very different to others I have read before. I am sure families of the veterans who were here in 1943 would find it an insight into how they spent their time before D Day and for many a comfort to learn how the local people took them into their hearts.
on 18 May 2014
A lot has been published on the whereabouts of the Airborne forces (Bando, Nordyke, Don Burgett . . ) and a lot of them are very good books.
The special value of Mr. Pellets book is that he gives a huge amount of details, knowledge and photo's of a lesser documented period: the time that the American airborne troops were training and living in Great-Britain prior to D-day.
This a well documented and well written book on that period, and therefore a book that every Airborne enthusiast should read.