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The Manner of Men 9 PARA's Heroic D-day Mission

The Manner of Men PARA s Heroic D day Mission In June an elite unit of British paratroopers was sent on a daring and highly risky behind the lines mission which was deemed vital to the success of D Day Dropping ahead of the main Allied inv

  • Title: The Manner of Men 9 PARA's Heroic D-day Mission
  • Author: Stuart Tootal
  • ISBN: 9781848546776
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In June 1944, an elite unit of British paratroopers was sent on a daring and highly risky behind the lines mission, which was deemed vital to the success of D Day.Dropping ahead of the main Allied invasion, 9 PARA were tasked with destroying an impregnable German gun battery If they failed, thousands of British troops landing on the beaches were expected to die But theirIn June 1944, an elite unit of British paratroopers was sent on a daring and highly risky behind the lines mission, which was deemed vital to the success of D Day.Dropping ahead of the main Allied invasion, 9 PARA were tasked with destroying an impregnable German gun battery If they failed, thousands of British troops landing on the beaches were expected to die But their mission was flawed and started to go wrong from the moment they jumped from their aircraft above Normandy.Only twenty per cent of the unit made it to the objective and half of them were killed or wounded during the attack Undermanned and lacking equipment and ammunition, the survivors then held a critical part of the invasion beachhead For six bloody days, they defended the Breville Ridge against vastly superior German forces and bore the brunt of Rommel s attempt to turn the left flank of the Allied invasion.The Manner of Men is an epic account of courage beyond the limits of human endurance, where paratroopers prevailed despite intelligence failures and higher command blunders, in what has been described as one of the most remarkable feat of arms of the British Army and the Parachute Regiment during World War II.

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    1. The true and moving story of 9 PARA. Impressed by the German's use of fallschirmjager during the Blitzkrieg Churchill asked for a paratroop regiment of 5000 men to be formed from scratch. The school's instructors had to teach themselves first of all as there was no precedent for this activity in Britain. Fortunately one of the men in charge was Cpt Martin Lindsay of the Royal Scots Fusiliers who's previous accomplishments were the award of the Polar Medal and winning the Nigerian Grand National. [...]

    2. A compelling account of the training for and actions of the 9th Parachute Battalion from 6 June 1944 to 13 June 1944. The valour of the men of 9 Para is put on display for all to see as they dropped into carnage and fought battles in what can only be called an abattoir. That they accomplished as much as they did is a tribute to their courage and unwillingness to fail or surrender. There were a couple of technical flaws that bothered me. The author continually refers to the "DC-47 Dakota" as flow [...]

    3. Another good book on the struggle of the 9th Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division (9 PARA) in the first week of the Normandy invasion. Another book on the subject, "The Big Drop" was also very good - a bit of a toss up between them. Tootal comes across as a more polished writer and injects a good deal more color into his narrative, but I found that neither essential, nor problematic - it was simply different than "The Big Drop's" approach. One nice touch was the epilogue where he describes [...]

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