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The Pegasus Diaries (Paperback)

The private papers of Major John Horward DSO

Military > Biographies > Military Biographies WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By Penny Bates, John Howard
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 198
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781844158829
Published: 19th March 2009
Last Released: 4th June 2021



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John Howard's name will forever be linked to the highly successful Pegasus Bridge assault by his glider-born company of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. His men regarded him with awe and his courage and toughness were bye-words. However this book reveals the human side of the man as well as providing a graphic account of the preparation, actual operation and aftermath of this iconic raid.

The Pegasus Diaries is a book that will be enjoyed by men and women alike, presenting as it does a complex man often torn between his high sense of loyalty to his men and devotion to duty.

What more can I say, Howard was a great personality, a simple man and a great soldier, the book I reviewed is a must for anyone who wants to know the man who was behind the successful capture of Pegasus Bridge and the bridge over the Orne.

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On the Old Barbed Wire

An excellent look into the training and planning for the Pegasus Bridge assault during D-Day. Also a good look at life in wartime Britain.

Goodreads, John

The name of Major John Howard is synonymous with the assault on Pegasus Bridge during the first minutes of the D-Day landings, and while many books have attempted to describe this most famous of actions, there can surely be no substitute for the words of the man who trained, planned and led the attack. The Pegasus Diaries is an extremely detailed and personal memoir of a man who was commissioned from the ranks into the 2nd Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and it follows his career from taking command of "D" Company in 1942 to the end of the war, including the intense training leading up to D-Day and his account of all that took place on the 6th June 1944. It continues to describe his part in the remainder of the Normandy campaign, and also the tragic end to his career when he was badly injured in a road accident and, despite his best efforts to recover and return to the Airborne, ultimately invalided out of the Army.

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