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Short but very good, especially if planning a visit to Pegasus and Horsa bridges
on 14 June 2014
We went to Normandy for the 70th anniversary. On 5th June there was a parachute drop over Pegasus Bridge which we went to see. On the following day, the 70th Anniversary, a number of D-Day books were in the Kindle Daily Deal, including this one. As I already have three D-Day books, I thought it pointless buying more. I was initially put off by the brevity of this book.
I ended up buying it anyway. I am very pleased that I did. Despite the brevity, it goes into so much detail that I had a far better understanding of the operation - far more than by just reading my other books (which were on the entire D-Day campaign, so obviously were less detailed regarding individual events).
I did things the wrong way round - visited Pegasus Bridge, then bought this book. If you plan on visiting the bridge I suggest buying this book; if you don't plan on visiting it, it will make you want to do so.
The bridge is only a few miles from Caen ferry terminal (which is actually in Ouistreham) - particularly convenient if travelling via that port.
(If travelling instead via Le Havre and the weather is good, may I suggest a detour via Honfleur harbour? A coffee outdoors, by the harbour, is lovely. Honfleur is only about a 10 minute drive from the motorway - it could hardly be less off your route - and only about 25 minutes from the Le Havre ferry terminal, the other side of the Pont de Normandie (bridge). You can continue towards the D-Day beaches or Caen either wholly or partially away from the motorway if you prefer - a more interesting journey which does not add too much to your journey time (though you might find it frustrating without a sat nav)).
The operation was to capture two bridges - Bénouville Bridge and Ranville Bridge, which are just a few hundred yards apart. They were subsequently renamed Pegasus Bridge and Horsa Bridge respectively due to the operation. Naturally the book covers the operation to capture both bridges.
If you look at the third photo on the Wikipedia page for Pegasus Bridge, you will see how incredibly close the gliders landed to Pegasus bridge.
The book contains photographs including aerial ones. I bought the Kindle version which suffers from the usual Kindle problems with images - terribly poor resolution. On the Paperwhite, you can zoom in on an image by holding your finger on a photo - a magnifying glass icon appears with a plus sign. Click on it to zoom in. But frankly, that only improves things a little bit.
The current price is expensive by Kindle standards for such a short book, so I deduct one star.