In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, 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 D-Day, the turning point of World War II. This 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 m...more
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 Howa...more
This 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...more
"Pegasus Bridge" relates the story of the battle for the so-named bridge, which was the initial action of the D-Day invasion of France by the...more
The story is beautifully told, with great detail and character. D Company were warned in the briefing that they must not tell anyone about the nature of their training or mission on pain of being discharged from the mission - that night Wally Par...more
Pegasus Bridge is a lesser known book by Ambrose on a lesser known battle on D-Day. It is likely lesser known to me because the British are the heroes of this story. This book tells of the British airborne troops that landed in gliders in the early hours of D-Day. They were the first to arrive on this historical day...more
I've read many books on D-Day and the beach landings, but 'Pegasus Bridge' looks at the very start of the day and the landing of 6 gliders in France and the operation to secure a key route for the allies. The book takes us through the preparation for the day and the operation its...more
I like that you get a true feel for the way these guys (on both sides) were thrown into this war and were only kids, some still teenagers and that after all the fighting and killing, British and German soldiers understood that and many actually became friends over time.
A great story that doesn't get clouded over in p...more
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 first-hand accounts and altho...more
Ambrose tells the story well, I got a clear understanding of what happened when and of the characters involved. At times he gets dangerously close to fanboy-like levels of admira...more
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 b...more
This is a facinating acount of the day and the problems of the task given to D company. It is well writen and gives a very accurate acount and doesn't miss out the German side.
Only downside is that it is not the best book for detail.
For me showed how things can turn on a piece of luck - good or bad.
Just so glad I was born at a time and place where I was not in danger of having to go through experiences like this.