Operation Tonga: The Glider Assault: 6 June 1944

Operation Tonga: The Glider Assault: 6 June 1944

by Kevin Shannon, Stephen L. Wright

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** This e-book edition contains 32 black-and-white photographs **

Operation Tonga - The Glider Assault: 6 June 1944 is an account of the Glider Pilot Regiment's role in Operation Tonga, the first stage of the airborne assault in the Normandy landings in June 1944. The story is told through the eyes of those who were there - glider pilots, paratroopers, pathfinders, tug crews and passengers - and covers the operation from training through to evacuations after D-Day. Operation Tonga was vital to the success of D-Day and included the now famous attacks on the Merville Battery and the bridges over the Orne River and Caen Canal. The equally important, though less well known, part of the operation was to provide an anti-tank screen to protect the southern and eastern flanks of the invasion beaches from German counter attacks. The account includes stories of crew who evaded capture by the Germans and pays tribute to the help they received from local resistance fighters. The contribution of the nine gliders which took part in the 'Coup de Main' landings has been well-documented, but of the other eighty-nine gliders which took part, little has been written. Operation Tonga - The Glider Assault: 6 June 1944 tells the full story.

** This e-book edition contains 32 black-and-white photographs **

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150240797
Publisher: Fonthill Media LLC
Publication date: 01/24/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Kevin Shannon's father, Bill, took part in Operation Tonga. Shannon spent ten years in the British Army, serving in a number of regiments. After many years of teaching history in a secondary school, he now works with young people with behavioural problems. Stephen Wright is the nephew of Billy Marfleet who was killed on Operation Tonga. He is a former teacher and currently works as a youth officer in the fire and rescue service. It was through their mutual interest in the operation that the two spent three years gathering stories from survivors and reading official accounts.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The glider pilots are often overlooked they are a rare breed May we honor their memory and learn for the future