London: Pocket Books [Simon & Schuster UK Ltd], 1988. Fifth Printing [stated]/. Trade paperback. xv, , 233,  pages. Wraps. Illustrations. Footnotes. Appendix. Sources. Index. Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of D-Day. Major John Howard and his small detachment of British airborne troops landed in gliders, stormed German defense forces, and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Stephen Edward Ambrose (January 10, 1936 – October 13, 2002) was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He was a longtime professor of history at the University of New Orleans and the author of many bestselling volumes of American popular history. However, in a review of To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian for the New York Times, William Everdell wrote that "he certainly deserved better from some of his envious peers" and credited the historian with reaching "an important lay audience without endorsing its every prejudice or sacrificing the profession's standards of scholarship. In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of D-Day, the turning point of World War II. This gripping account of it by acclaimed author Stephen Ambrose brings to life a daring mission so crucial that, had it been unsuccessful, the entire Normandy invasion might have failed. Ambrose traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minute-by-minute excitement of the hand-to-hand confrontations on the bridge. This is a story of heroism and cowardice, kindness and brutality—the stuff of all great adventures. Condition: Very good.
Keywords: WWII, European Theater, D-Day, John Howard, Pegasus Bridge, Normandy, Hans von Luck, Wally Parr, Battle Studies, Nigel Poett, Jack Bailey, Dennis Fox, Nigel Taylor