D-Day Landings: Pegasus: The Red Devils in Normandy

D-Day Landings: Pegasus: The Red Devils in Normandy

by Lloyd Clark


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D-Day Landings: Pegasus: The Red Devils in Normandy by Lloyd Clark

Packed with color photographs and detailed maps, the perfect pocket guide to the Normandy battle zone

The strengths, weaknesses, and sheer drama of airborne warfare are all encapsulated in the 6th Airborne Division's attacks on Pegasus Bridge and the Merville Battery in Normandy. The lightly armed but highly trained and motivated airborne troops sought to overcome a more heavily armed enemy desperate to unhinge the D-day invasion. Starting with an examination of the 6th Airborne Division, its plan, and the German opposition, Lloyd Clark provides an overview of British operations east of the River Orne from the initial landings in the early hours of June 6, 1944, to the capture of Breville, seven days later. The battlefield tours that follow include not only the famous and dramatic assaults on Pegasus Bridge and the Merville Battery, but also the lesser-known struggles to secure the British southern flank on June 6 and 7 and the Battle of Breville on June 12. Full of color photos and detailed maps, this is the must-have guide for any armchair historian or battlefield tourist.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752476629
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Series: D-Day Landings Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,289,511
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lloyd Clark is a senior lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and is a specialist in the history of airborne warfare. He is the author of Anzio, The Battle of the Tanks, and Crossing the Rhine.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction 7

Battle Zone Normandy 8

Part 2 History 11

Chapter 1 The Development of Airborne Warfare 12

Chapter 2 Preparation, Planning and the Enemy 23

Chapter 3 Into Battle, 6 June 39

Chapter 4 Consolidation, 7-9 June 65

Chapter 5 Pushing Forward, 10-12 June 80

Chapter 6 6th Airborne Division in the Summer of 1944 91

Part 3 Battlefield Tours 95

General Touring Information 96

Tour A Pegasus Bridge - Horsa Bridge 105

Tour B The Merville Battery 127

Tour C The Southern Flank 151

Tour D The Battle of Bréviile 167

Part 4 On Your Return 183

Further Research 184

Acknowledgements 188

Index 189

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