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The Day The Devils Dropped In (Paperback)

The 9th Parachute Battalion in Normandy D-Day to D+6: Merville Battery to the Chateau St Come

Military Photographic Books WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By Neil Barber
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781844150458
Published: 22nd July 2003
Last Released: 2nd November 2023


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Examines the pivotal role of the 9th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment over the first week of the landings. Tasked with neutralizing the mighty Merville Battery, capturing Le Plein and the Ch'teau St C'me, failure by the Paras to achieve any of these key objectives could well have unravelled the whole OVERLORD operation with catastrophic consequences. Neil Barber has successfully tracked down surviving participants in the operation and as a result he is able to tell the full story of the fierce fighting that characterised the early days of the landings.

An excellent companion volume to the author’s other work on the Pegasus Bridge coup de main, this account of the attack on the Merville Battery and the defence of the East perimeter of the Normandy landings shines with graphic prime source accounts. Recommended.

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