Interesting with a strong human element,
This review is from: Pegasus Bridge: D-Day - the Daring British Airborne Raid (Paperback)
This is my first exposure to the author and I enjoyed his writing style which is quite conversational in parts. This is a short book, an easy read, never dry and you want to read on. It would be an ideal to read before going to the bridge because it brings alive the various characters of the battle and importantly it does this for both British and German soldiers and some French civillians.
You find yourself actually caring about some of the characters, for example the first man shot, who's picture is in the book and who's wife is in child and it is nice to see at the end of the book a resume of how people got on after the war.
He covers the recruitment and training of the unit, the landings (capture of the bridge) and associated fighting and then the subsequent days and months until the unit is returned to England.
The book is physically short and this at times is reinforced by a bit of fragmented commentary .... but I like this as there is a clear sense that this account has been based around the soldiers story, their first hand accounts, the bits you get are the bits that they could have related themselves, without the extra packing of a raft of other information that the author could have brought into the book from referenced sources, which is probably what makes this feel a different read and it is all the better and more useful for that.