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Fresh off his Eisenhower biography*, Ambrose was looking for a short and sweet subject He found it and gives it to us short and sweet, without pulling any 'Ambroses' It is most touching to see friendships develop between a few former adversaries Also, in spite of the just resentment by the French civilian population, it's hard to be hard on young, conscripted Poles who relished wine and womenthan weapons drill, wisely taking to their heels when confronted with devilishly blackened elite attackers The bravado inherent to Airborne units lends a surreal touch to many of the tense accomplishments during the twoday holding operation.* by Stephen E Ambrose Although dated this is still a very good account of Major John Howard and the men of Company D, the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry Regiment of the British 6th Airborne Division, and their role in capturing and holding the bridge over the Caen Canal at Benouville on the night of 5/6th June 1944 The book (HB edition) is only 160 pages of narrative but it’s a great story and it’s hard to put it down once you have started I found it full of interesting and at times funny firsthand accounts and although this is a serious story of men at war it still has moments of typical British humour This is a great account of some of the first men to land on DDay Thanks to the author for providing a detailed and interesting account of this amazing action. Good historical accountThis isn't the greatest of Stephens Books, but it is worthy of any collector and historian The book recalls the men and eventsthat allowed the British Glider and Parachute regiment to capture the all important bridge crossing the Orne and adjacent canal in order to prevent the 21st Panzer Division from disrupting and possibly defeating the landings at Sword, Juno and Gold Beach The scene is well documented in the movie The Longest Day Remember the famous lines, hold until relieved? That is exactly what these men did What I enjoyed the most was the training the soldiers endured to become one of the elite The years of training was brutal and tiresome Many men were broken either mentally, physically or both Imagine training for over two years before applying your craft and still able to maintain at a razor's edge.The story isn't so much about the invasion on June 6, it isabout the men who partook in the action.Mr Ambrose does an excellent job of honoring the men and woman who were the first allied soldiers to trigger the end of Fortress Europa, and pave the way final victory. Very quick and entertaining read on the British airborne assault of Pegasus Bridge Being familiar with only the HBO adaptation on Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest (which is PHENOMENAL) I was curious to check out Ambrose's writing I have Simon Schuster to thank for the free copy of this one, simply for going through the trouble of signing up for their mailing list Anyways, Ambrose clearly does his research and it shines through during this retelling of the events leading up to, during, and after D Company assaulted the bridge I would have appreciated maybe a littledepth and detail of the assault itself, but it's a minor complaint What is in here is good stuff, I just wish there wasof it. ( READ E-PUB ) ♂ Pegasus Bridge: 6 June 1944 ♾ In the early morning hours of June a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of DDay, the turning point of World War IIThis gripping account of it by acclaimed author Stephen Ambrose brings to life a daring mission so crucial that, had it been unsuccessful, the entire Normandy invasion might have failed Ambrose traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minutebyminute excitement of the handtohand confrontations on the bridge This is a story of heroism and cowardice, kindness and brutality—the stuff of all great adventures
Stephen E Ambrose is a master storyteller He makes it so easy, interviewing people then write about them Imagine the editing works, placing one story after another, in the way that the readers would better understand and imagine Pegasus Bridge is not as special as Citizen Soldiers or Band of Brothers (BoB), but it still delivers The story is about a gliderborne unit of the British Ox and Bucks Light Infantry Regiment, 6th Airborne Division, commanded by Major John Howard, who captured two bridges (one rechristened Pegasus) between Bénouville and Ranville, Normandy, and held them until reinforcements came This is claimed to be the first assault by the Allies as well as the first combat engagements between the opposing parties in Normandy during DDay The troops were the first who liberated a French home (whose owners were spies working for the Resistance) and one of its platoon leaders was the first casualty from the Allies side in DDay Yes, Howard’s D Company indeed scored many ‘firsts’.I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed when I read the first pages of the book I thought I was going a read a book about paratroopers Blame my silly infatuation on paras due to BoB I was a bit indoctrinated as well by the impression in BoB that gliderborne troopers were not as qualified and disciplined as the paras Well, that is not the case with Howard’s men It surely took lots of courage to surrender your fate on a Horsa whose movement and bearing were not entirely up to your own pilot, but the bomber towing your glider Paras aremobile because they have their own chutes.Along with the glider pilots, the sappers, the paras, Howard and his troopers managed to surprise the Germans who, just like what happened during the DDay sea invasion, showed a very lousy and ineffective chain of command and communication It sometimes frustrates me (seriously) to read their ridiculous mistakes in DDay (thanks to the Fuhrer) whereas they had legendary field marshals like Rommel and Von Rundstedt to lead.This feat was very influential to the outcome of DDay, since it blocked the way of a strong panzer division, whose counterattack could destroy the advancing seaborne invaders The training part of the book was a bit boring unfortunately [Ambrose used the same formula with BoB and his other book Wild Blue, i.e giving many details about the training phase:] I’d like to readabout the action part but it only covers half of the book I noted that Howard’s D Company was the toughest SOBs in the whole airborne division due to their fanaticism over sports and physical endeavors, but that’s about the only interesting fact I found More detailed actions, please.Apparently, this story appeared a bit in the movie version of The Longest Day Hell, I dislike the movie so much I can not remember anything (but the book is super excellent, mind you) The actor who played John Howard was in fact a part of the operation, a member of the 7th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment who reinforced the British troops in the area.Anyway, this is still recommended for military buffs, especially the ones who want some light reading or curious about events that are not (presumably) widely covered by other battle accounts. This book is only about 150 pages short but it is long on information and eyewitness accounts of one of the most pivotal battles of DDay.The British 6th Airborne was tasked with the mission to secure the left flank (the easternmost flank) of the Normandy Beachhead Major John Howard and 181 members of the 2nd Ox and Bucks Regiment were ordered to capture and hold a bridge over the Orne River and an adjacent canal It was the key strongpoint in defending this flank This is the story of how Howard's men trained and trained and executed the plan with a daring glider assault, landing only yards away from the bridge How they seized this bridge and held on until reinforced is the stuff of legend.The book is fully indexed, well sourced and contains the original orders given to Major Howard Not much has been written about this exploit so this is a must read for anyone curious about the battle of Pegasus Bridge.One can only wonder what might have happened at Arnhem if a group of gliders had dared to land as close to the bridge too far. This is a good book on the battle, though i felt when he went to the overall aspect he failed short, such as saying that Goodwood intended to liberate Paris which is an outright lie, or saying that the british remained static until goodwood, or saying that Eisenhower chose normandy, which clearly it wasnt him, or saying that the british industrial output was smaller than the german, which was a misconception as well In fact the production of tanks in britain was very similar to the german, and you can see it when you compare the production of both.Coudnt help but wonder that all these mistakes were part of that good old tradition to diminish the british overall war effort, specially on normandy Considering that on the intro Ambrose is all about Eisenhower and etc), i take it as correct His writing on the action and the preparation for pegasus bridge was good though, and the battles very well told Id give it a 4 star but not for those issues i raised, which given the small size of the book, are also a small portion. Two bridges gave access to the British left flank at Normandy These bridges need to be seized and held for the success of the invasion The book is about the men of Company D of the British Airborne who were the first allied soldiers to land in Normandy, and they took and held those bridges While it is a story of heroics, it is also a storey of planning and leadership It is also about free men fighting those who are not. Incredible insight into just how different the outcome of DDay could have been but for the brilliance, bravery and on occasions, sheer luck of the 181 men of D Company who took and held Pegasus Bridge in the first moments of the Invasion of Europe.