Angels of Mercy: Two Screaming Eagle Medics in Angoville-au-Plain on D-Day: Volume 1 (Normandy Combat Chronicles) Paperback – 8 Apr 2013
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About the Author
Paul Woodadge has been a regular visitor to Normandy since 1986, having been told tales of the invasion by his late great uncle, Cyril, who landed on Sword Beach on D-Day as an officer in the Royal Ulster Rifles . Prior to moving to Normandy in 2001, Paul was involved in WWII history in numerous ways. For twenty years he was a WWII re-enactor and living historian travelling to and organizing events all over England as well as in France and the Netherlands. He was also the owner of two WWII military vehicles, a British Morris C8 1944 cargo truck, and with his father, an American White Scout Car. Paul was also an active associate member of several WWII veterans' associations. Since establishing himself in Normandy, Paul has become internationally regarded as both a battlefield guide and also as a "friend of the WWII veterans." Paul's passion and enthusiasm for showing people the historic sites in Normandy has made him the "go to guy" for many organizations and fellow historians around the world. Between 2002 and 2010, together with his wife, Myriam, Paul ran the highly successful D-Day tour company - “Battlebus.” A large scale operation with multiple guiding staff and five minibuses, Battlebus was a five day a week, three hundred sixty-five day a year, business. Ultimately, the administrative side of the business was keeping Paul from guiding and writing, and with some members of the guide staff moving on to new ventures, Paul decided it was time return to his roots and concentrate again on guiding his own tours. Running Battlebus was an honor and to have taken so many thousands of people on tours was greatly rewarding; however, since the beginning of 2011 Paul has returned to working as an independent guide or "Site-Specific Historian" as he prefers to be known. 2011 and 2012 also saw him work for the BBC in the UK on a series called “Dig WW2” and continuing as a consultant to authors, galleries, and a high profile WWII foundation in the U.S.
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Top Customer Reviews
I like the way that he has been able to write about the two medics Moore and Wright, but also feature the experiences of the US paratroops that they treated. I was enthralled to read about their experience of jumping into German occupied Normandy on that eventful night.
As you read through the book, the author incorporates within the narrative of events short biographical accounts of some of the American, French and German individuals connected with this story and invites the reader to stop and reflect upon their overall experiences during WW2 and lives before and after.Read more ›
I first visited Angoville-au-Plain by accident on my first visit to Normandy in 2004, and having read the small leaflet in the church, was struck by what a remarkable story was to be told, and it has become somewhere I have returned to regularly. Since that first visit, I have seen reference to Angoville in some books, but Paul Woodadge's is the first to tell the story in such forensic detail. The book details events that took place from a military buff's perspective, but the most captivating parts for me are the human interest stories from the US/German/French villagers perspective. The author does an excellent job of conveying the various senses of fear, horror, hope, despair and honour that the participants must have experienced.
Two detailed stories stood out for me; The back story about the US Ostrowski twins and the French Langeard family is very well researched and incredibly moving. And there is more - Much more. The maps,the biographies, the old and current day photographs all add to the narrative and enable the reader to picture terrain, and the fluid and chaotic nature of battle that is typical of most airborne operations.
This is a book that I will not only use for reference on my future trips, but I am sure will re-read in full again.
I would strongly recommend this book.
I found the style of writing really easy to just pick up and read, and unlike alot of battlefield books i found it very easy to follow the sequence of events without getting confused. It has a great mix of factual accounts and personal stories.
I don't think it can be understated how much research must have gone into making this book as acurate as it is.
It is a real must read for anyone with an interest in Airborne history or the Normandy landings.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book held me right from the start, which I find is becoming more and more rare as I read more books on D-day. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by Ardennes1944
A very impressive, detailed, well researched and readable account, enhanced by photographs of people and places
The author shows great empathy for the dead, wounded and... Read more
I have read and collected many books regarding world war two but this is one of the most interesting and informative books that I have had the opportunity to read. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by R J Tyson
This is a first class, formidable read.
Woodadge appears to be a gifted story-teller, and the book has a very clear to follow set up. Read more
Factual well illustrated book. Thoroughly enjoyable read. A good insight into some of what happenned. Recommended to students or anyone that has an interest in 1944 WW2 history.Published on 4 July 2013 by Happy Cat
Paul, pulls together many sources, blended with his own very detailed personal understanding of the landscape, people and locations involved. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this well researched and written book. Author Paul Woodage who is the top battleground guide in Normandy gives the reader a view of the other side of the coin, the... Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by G. Holmes
I've had the pleasure of experiencing Paul Woodadge's inimitable and excellent, WW2 small unit/individual action knowledge in person and so have been anticipating this book ever... Read morePublished on 20 May 2013 by Luke Carr