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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sabrestorm Publishing (30 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178122000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781220009
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

David Tibbs began his medical career at Guy's Hospital in London before joining the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1943. His wartime service saw him being wounded by a sniper and earning the Military Cross. Upon his return to civilian life he qualified to become a surgeon and had a long and distinguished career within the National Health Service. Before retirement he was influential in the building of the new John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. David lives in Oxford and has been happily married to Marie, for 44 years. The editor, Neil Barber, has written two books. The Day the Devils Dropped In is about the 9th Parachute Battalion's D-Day assault on the Merville Gun Battery and its subsequent epic defence of the notorious Chateau St Come. The Pegasus and Orne Bridges details the capture, defence and relief on D-Day of these two vital objectives. He also edited the memoirs of Army Commando, Stan Scott, published as Fighting with the Commandos. All three books delve deeper into their subject than anything previously published.


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This book details the personal experiences of a 24 year old man undergoing the most extraordinary experiences. David Tibbs was dropped into Normandy just after midnight on D-Day. A medical Doctor in the 225 Field Ambulance attached to 6th Airborne Division. He received the MC for his acts in the first few days and then took over as Regimental Medical Officer in the 13th Parachute Battalion when his predecessor was badly wounded.
He himself was wounded about three months later, but recovered in time to take part in the Airborne Crossing of the Rhine. He stayed with the Battalion as far as the Baltic and then later in the Far East where they took part in a little known episode of fighting WITH the Japanese against insurgents in Java.

Reading this book really helps me understand what it must have been like. I am in total admiration for that generation. We really must not forget and this helps us remember.
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The author's main career was as a pioneering vascular surgeon in Oxford. This book details his experiences during the war and is a riveting account of an action-packed three years. After qualifying from Guy's Hospital in 1943 (six months early as allowed at the time) David Tibbs joined the army and volunteered as a parachutist in the 6th Airborne Division, joining 225 (Parachute) Field Ambulance. He completed his parachute training, and on D-day 1944 was the first to jump into Normandy from his Dakota. 24 hours later he had been nominated for the Military Cross. Apart from a three month period when he was treated in the UK after being shot in the shoulder by a sniper, he was in the front line of the advance into Germany and the Baltic. He was involved in another drop for the Rhine crossing, when 6th Airborne suffered a huge number of casualties, was one of the first into Belsen, and his unit received the surrender of a German infantry division trying to avoid the Russians. After the end of the European war he was despatched to the Far East. After the defeat of Japan, Japanese forces joined the British to help quell an insurrection in Java threatening the Dutch.

This book is an invaluable record of endurance and courage, and a tribute to members of the RAMC (including many conscientious objectors who underwent parachute training to drop into war zones and assist in humanitarian projects). There are many photographs, and the book is beautifully produced, a fascinating narrative. For £9.99, don't miss it.
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I met David Tibbs in Normandy at the D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations, June 2014. He is a thoughtful, intelligent, unassuming man, who still obviously thinks a lot of the men with whom he served with and for whom he cared in the dreadful battles of 1944/1945. A fine example of someone with genuine heroic qualities.
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This account was of great personal interest as my father was also a doctor in 6th Airborn. As with many of that gereration he talked very little about the war and so I learnt quite a bit from David Tibbs book as to the sort of experiences he may have had.We who came after the war owe them a great deal. A good book.
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Well written and illustrated. This book shows the amazing courage and the difficulties of soldiers such as the author in the second world war. David Tibbs had several lucky escapes whereas others close by we're less fortunate. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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