Operation Tonga: The Glider Assault, 6 June 1944

Kevin Shannon, Stephen Wright

 
Date Published :
October 2014
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
50 black and white
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781553978
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$32.95

Overview
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Operation Tonga – The Glider Assault: 6 June 1944 is an account of the Glider Pilot Regiment’s role in Operation Tonga, the first stage of the airborne assault in the Normandy landings in June 1944. The story is told through the eyes of those who were there – glider pilots, paratroopers, pathfinders, tug crews and passengers – and covers the operation from training through to evacuations after D-Day. Operation Tonga was vital to the success of D-Day and included the now famous attacks on the Merville Battery and the bridges over the Orne River and Caen Canal. The equally important, though less well known, part of the operation was to provide an antitank screen to protect the southern and eastern flanks of the invasion beaches from German counter attacks. The account includes stories of crew who evaded capture by the Germans and pays tribute to the help they received from local resistance fighters. The contribution of the nine gliders which took part in the ‘Coup de Main’ landings has been well-documented, but of the other eighty-nine gliders which took part, little has been written. Operation Tonga – The Glider Assault: 6 June 1944 tells the full story.

About The Author
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Kevin Shannon was educated at St Edward’s College, Liverpool, enlisting in the Army straight from school. His varied Army career included service in an Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, Intelligence and the infantry. After leaving the military he studied for a degree in Liverpool and then taught history for many years. His hobbies have included competitive pistol shooting, motorsport and piloting light aircraft. He has also been a long-time volunteer with International Rescue Corps, retiring as their Assistant Operational Director in late 2015. Shannon is now a full-time writer and historian.

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