Merville Battery & The Dives Bridges
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
- April 2011
- Temporarily out of stock. Ships in 8-12 weeks.
This book examines, in great detail, the attack by 9 Para Bn of the British 6th Airborne Division on the German gun emplacement known as the Merville Battery on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The actions of 8 Para, 12 Para, Canadian 1 Para, attached engineer and support units, and commando raids in this area of Normandy are also told. In particular, the importance of destroying the five bridges, and a drainage culvert, in the Dives valley are explained along with the importance of taking and holding the high ground to the north-east of Caen. These combined actions resulted in the protection and securing of the left flank of the greatest combined military operation in history; Operation OVERLORD.
In addition to explaining how these objectives were achieved, this battlefield guide relates the battles to the area as it is today. The book contains details of the museums, memorials, cemeteries and associated organizations. All of which will unravel the history of the area to the visitor and armchair traveler alike.
To further aid the battlefield tourist, GPS data is also provided for either satellite navigation by vehicle or for viewing on Google Earth.
“…offers many brief, readable excerpts from diaries and other accounts written by those who fought the battle. The guide is illustrated with b&w historical and contemporary photos and maps on almost every page, plus b&w photos of individual soldiers and airmen. Other features include a glossary of abbreviations used on memorials and headstones, an extensive list of websites, and an appendix of quick reference and satellite navigation data for the 6th Airborne Division sector of the Normandy region.” ~Book News, Inc.