'It’s almost as if the Veterans bring the place and those days to life.'

A chat with Neil Barber, author of The Day The Devils Dropped In.

I have the privilege to welcome the blog's first special guest : Neil Barber, author of The Day The Devils Dropped In, an unmissable read for anyone interested in the assault on the Merville Battery in the first hours of D-Day and a precious source of information for the historical part of Wingwatch. He talks about how he became one of the most respected historians of WWII, his books, his visits to Normandy, the Veterans, the significance of the D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations, and much more. In other words : one more unmissable read.

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... three Panzers headed for Vaucelles, on the right bank of the Orne ... (from chapter 30 of Wingwatch)

The River Orne separates the centre of Caen from Vaucelles, the neighbourhood on the right bank. The bridges were the Allied bombers’ first targets as of 6 June 1944; only one was left intact. The longest chapter of Wingwatch is dedicated to the Battle of Caen, a key part of the Normandy Campaign. 

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