Merville Battery and the Dives Bridges, Carl Shilleto

Merville Battery and the Dives Bridges, Carl Shilleto

Battleground Europe; British 6th Airborne Division Landings in Normandy D-Day 6th June 1944

This is one of a two part guide to the battlefields fought over by the British airborne forces on D-Day, combining a history of the fighting with a series of tours of the area. This volume looks at the attack on the Merville gun battery and operations nearby, while the second focuses on Pegasus Bridge.
 
The book is divided into six tours, with a general introduction that looks at the invasion planning and the German defenses. Each tour chapter begins with an account of the fighting in the area covered, followed by the detailed tour.

I don't know the area being described, so I can't comment on the accuracy of the guide sections, but they appear to be well researched, and are very detailed. Each tour is illustrated by a clear black and white road marked with chapter numbers to guide the reader to the right part of the text. The guides are very well illustrated, with maps and modern and wartime photographs.

Chapters
1 - Planning the Invasion
2 - The German Defences in Normandy
3 - Battlefield Tour 1: Merville Battery Defences and Drop
4 - Battlefield Tour 2: Merville Battery
5 - Memorial Tour 1: Sallenelles to the Merville Battery
6 - Memorial Tour 2: The High Ground
7 - Memorial Tour 3: Bridges over the Dives and Divette
8 - Memorial Tour 4: Additional Places of Interest

Author: Carl Shilleto
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 256
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Year: 2011


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