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The Day the Devils Dropped In: The 9th Parachute Battalion in Normandy, D-Day to D+6: Merville Battery to the Chateau St Come Hardcover – 22 Jan 2002
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This book is an outstanding contribution to military history but more to the morale of the veterans now past the three score years and ten. -- Ernire Rooke-Matthews MBE - Signals Platoon, HQ Company, 9th Parachute Battalion
The Allied assault on Hitler's Fortress Europe began in the dawn of 6 June 1944 with daring airborne landings by men of the Parachute Regiment. This book tells of the Paras' first week of intense fighting from the assault on the vital Merville Battery onwards. Through personal accounts and detailed research a full and dramatic picture is built up of the actions that occurred as the Germans desperately attempted to displace the Allies' tenuous beachhead.See all Product description
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The book is laced with personal accounts and images of the combatants so that you can put a face to the narratives and those being mentioned! I've enjoyed reading the book and after reading the Last Chapter entitled `Relief' I have been compelled to start the book again! We must remember them.
Some of the stories he has told me would leave an audience in awe. How times have changed. The anxiety and psychological scars still run deep and this is why we need to remember all these heroes for what they did for us. He showed me a picture of his platoon joking about on 3rd June and noted that they all died in the fighting.
He was shot 3 times himself and hid in a wood for 2 days without food or water before being rescued by someone from 6 commando.
The author visited all these veterans to take testimonials and my copy lies on my doormoat at home waiting for me.
We will remember them,