By Leo Kessler
During this gripping event SS attack Battalion Wotan, the hardest troops in Europe, are despatched on an it appears very unlikely venture opposed to the elite of the Soviet military in an important bid to organize the way in which for Operation Barbarossa. once more we meet the ruthless significant Geier, referred to as the 'Vulture', whose sexual practices are a continuing chance to his eating ambition; the following too is Captain von Dodenburg, the dependent aristocrat; and Sergeant Schulze, the wisecracking Hamburger who has smelt out the rottenness of nationwide Socialism and perspectives the battle with unconcealed cynicism. less than the author's skilful pen their global comes vividly to existence and the reader can consider the horror, and certainly the thrill, which used to be the lot of attack Battalion Wotan at the street to Rostov.
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They were back in Oxford, living near a factory, and he hoped there were no bombing raids that night. Beside Howard sat Lieutenant Den Brotheridge, whose wife was pregnant and due to deliver any day (five other men in the company had pregnant wives back in England). Howard had talked Brotheridge into joining the Ox and Bucks, and had selected his platoon for the no. 1 glider because he thought Brotheridge and his platoon about the best in his company. Another reason was that they were mostly Londoners like himself.
The pilot, twenty-four-year-old Staff Sergeant Jim Wall-work, of the Glider Pilot Regiment, anticipated casting off any second now that he had seen the surf breaking over the Norman coast. Beside him his co-pilot, Staff Sergeant John Ainsworth, was concentrating intensely on his stop watch. ' Howard suffered from air sickness and had vomited on every training flight. This flight, however, was an exception. Like his men, he had not been in combat before, but the prospect seemed to calm him more than it shook him.
Gale decided to drop his division east of the Orne River, about five to seven miles inland, in the low ground between the Orne and the River Dives. The main body would gather in and around the village of Ranville, and would guard the bridges over the Orne Canal and River. Specially-trained companies would capture and destroy the four bridges over the River Dives, then fall back on Ranville; others would destroy the German battery at Merville. Central to Gale's plan was taking and holding the bridges over the Orne waterways, without which the 6th Airborne would be unable to receive tanks, trucks, and other equipment from the beaches.