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Jagger Inactive Member07 Dec 2017 11:19 a.m. PST

Anybody have any good recommendations on books covering the 6th Airborne landings at Normandy. In particular, coverage of the landings and first couple days?

What about official UK history?

Thanks!

Jagger Inactive Member07 Dec 2017 11:19 a.m. PST

Anybody have any good recommendations on books covering the 6th Airborne landings at Normandy. In particular, coverage of the landings and first couple days?

What about official UK history?

Thanks!

kiltboy07 Dec 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

Depends on what you are looking for i.e unit actions or broad coverage of events.

I have "The day the Devils Dropped In" which covers 9 Para over the first week.

David

wrgmr107 Dec 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

Drop zone Normandy, by Napier Crookenden
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Has all the Airborne divisions, but as he is British there is more detailed information and emphasis on the 6th Airborne. Lots of detailed small unit actions. Highly recommended.

28mm Fanatik07 Dec 2017 12:05 p.m. PST

Pegasus Bridge by Stephen Ambrose is as good a place to start as any.

foxweasel07 Dec 2017 1:00 p.m. PST

This is a good one

bc174507 Dec 2017 10:37 p.m. PST

Fox weasel +1
My go to book….

foxweasel08 Dec 2017 6:46 a.m. PST

😋

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2017 11:42 a.m. PST

I always liked the "Battleground Normandy" series of paperbacks, for their good detailed descriptions (including low-level detail, sometimes suitable for a skirmish game), maps, B&W photos, and all at a modest price. For 6th AB in Normandy,

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The 2-star Amazon review of the 2nd volume ruins its overall rating, but that review is ill-informed. The low-level detail in this series is better than most. Example quote: "By now two German tanks were also starting to come up the road from Breville in support of the infantry that was advancing before them. They were heading directly for the 9 Para positions around the entrance to the chateau and the top of the sunken lane. When the Germans were within 20 yards (18m) 9 Para let loose with everything they had left. The machine-guns, positioned by the entrance to the chateau and along the sunken lane, opened up, along with mortar bombs, grenades, PIAT projectiles and small arms fire into the German lines."

My wife and I used the "Operation Bluecoat" book from this series for a location-by-location, self-guided tour of that portion of the Normandy battlefield, on one of our vacations to France (e.g. "Dickie's Bridge", etc.).

MH

forrester08 Dec 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

"The Manner of Men", I forget the author, deals with Lt Col Otway and his battalion's attack on the Merville battery, and the aftermath.
A story that often is described as a neat self contained episode, there were quite a few surprises in this book.

Stratoq Inactive Member10 Dec 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

I can recommend The Pegasus and Orne Bridges: Their Capture, Defences and Relief on D-Day by Neil Barber for the capture of the bridges and the defence by the 5th Parachute Brigade.

Focuses just on D-Day and the next day or two, so doesn't include later actions in Normandy but still highly recommended.

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