• The first study of the American, British and Canadian parachute and glider troops at Normandy
"Gentlemen, do not be daunted if chaos reigns; it undoubtedly will.” So said Brigadier S. James Hill, commanding officer of the British 3rd Parachute Brigade, in an address to his troops shortly before the launching of Operation Overlord, the D-Day invasion of Normandy. No more words were ever spoken, for indeed chaos reigned on that day and the many more that followed.
Much has been written about the Allied invasion of France, but award-winning historian Flint Whitlock has put together a unique package; the first history of the assault that concentrates exclusively on the activities of the American, British, and Canadian airborne forces that descended upon Normandy in the dark, pre-dawn hours of 6 June 1944. Landing into the midst of the unknown, the airborne troops found themselves fighting for their lives on every side, while striving to seize their own key objectives in advance of their seaborne comrades.
Whitlock details the formation, recruitment, training and deployment of the Allies'parachute and glider troops. First-person accounts by the veterans who were there as well as commanders Eisenhower, Taylor, Gavin, and more make for compelling reading. If Chaos Reigns is a fitting tribute to the men who rode the wind into battle and managed to pull victory out of confusion, chaos, and almost certain defeat.
About the Author
Flint Whitlock graduated from the Army's Airborne School in 1965 and spent five years on active duty, including a combat tour in Vietnam. He is the author of nine books, and is currently the editor of WWII Quarterly.
... provides a really excellent and well balanced view of the airborne operations on D-Day as well as tackling the background that led up to the events on that most famous of days.
All in all I found this book very interesting and informative. I have been to Normandy several times and in reading this book I have learnt a few things that I was unaware of and this book has helped in my understanding of some battles, particularly around Ranville and Benouville. A great book, well worth a read for anyone who is interested in the invasion of Normandy, in particular the airborne/glider phase.
This is an examination of the Normandy landings that concentrates exclusively on the activities of the American, British, and Canadian airborne forces that descended upon Normandy in the dark, pre-dawn hours of 6 June 1944. Drawing on numerous first-hand accounts, Whitlock details not only the formation, training and deployment of the Allies' parachute and glider troops, but the events on the ground at the many targets.
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