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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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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481934171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481934176
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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`Angels of Mercy' by Paul Woodadge is a wonderful book that focuses upon the role played by two medics efforts to treat the wounded on D Day and the initial stages of the Normandy campaign during June 1944. These two medics named Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore belonged to the 2 Battalion, 501 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101 Airborne Division and they not only tended to their own wounded but treated the German wounded too. The author encapsulates the drama and tension as these men worked to recover and look after the wounded as the battle enraged in and around Angoville-au-Plain. At one point the German's captured the village and they were able to continue the work of dealing with American and German wounded. Paul Woodadge has cleverly produced a book that highlights their role, provides a detailed, easy to understand account of the US Airborne troops that landed and fought at Angoville-au-Plain on 6 June 1944 and also shows how the war and events of D-Day affected the French inhabitants from the village.
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.
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I have had the pleasure of reading a number of accounts of happenings on D-DAY, from the beach landings, to the British/Canadian/USA Airborne drops. "Angels of Mercy" is a superb addition to the long list of books on this subject, and is welcome in telling such a remarkable story in such great detail.

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.
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I have just finished reading Angels of Mercy, which i have to admit was a real pleasure to read.
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.
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This book is a very well researched account of the actions that took place in the town of Angoville au Plain, centered around the medics that set up an aid station in the church. The book not only tells the story of the medics but also of the men they treated and the intense battles that raged around the village. The story is complemented with lots of period and modern photos that gives the reader a much better idea of the scenery of the area. There are also a number of maps and annotated aerial photos that follow the progress of the battle which makes it clearer to the reader to follow. Overall, a fine account of a story that gives much due credit to the medics of WW2 and really puts Angoville au Plain on the map as a site of historic WW2 importance.
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Paul Woodadge has transferred his wealth of knowledge into an excellent written account of events that took place in a small part of Normandy in the first 48 hours that followed D Day.The activity of 2 medics and those they came into contact with is narrated in such a way that brings the story alive.Detailed maps and a wealth of pictures paint a clear picture of the selfless actions of individuals and connects the reader to the suffering and sacrifices that they experienced.This is a long overdue story and defiantly worth the read.
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