On the night of 5 to 6 June 1944, some 15,000 American paratroopers were dropped into Normandy to outflank the German troops. Among them were the men of the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, commanded by Lt. Col. Robert Wolverton. Dropped behind Utah Beach, their mission was to seize two bridges on the Douve, near Carentan, to prevent enemy reinforcements accessing the coast. As a result of long and painstaking research, Gilles Vallee has been able to reconstruct the route of Wolverton and his men as they embarked with him on board the C-47"Stoy Hora", piloted by Colonel Frank Krebs of the 440th Troop Carrier Group. In this richly illustrated book with vintage photos and drawings by Christopher Esquerre, the author brings to life, by sharing the actions of a handful of paratroopers during this heroic night, events that marked the beginning of the end the Third Reich. In addition to the book, a DVD produced by Charles-Henry Groult collects pictures and archival records. An indispensable package for experiencing the famous night of the landings.
Publisher: Editions Heimdal
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 210 x 285 x 13 mm
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