By Tim Moreman
British Commandos 1940-46 КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Osprey Publishing LtdСерия: conflict OrdersАвтор(ы): Tim MoremanЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2006Количество страниц: 96ISBN: 1-84176-986-XФормат: pdfРазмер: 28.9 mbRapid0
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I ripped the blankets off him and shone the torch in his face and said “Komm! ” and went back to sleep. ’ Blinded by the torch and addressed in German, the enemy soldier thought it was one of his friends having a joke. ‘It never occurred to him that this was the enemy,’ said Fox. ‘It took the wind right out of my sails. Here was a young officer, first bit of action, first Germans I had seen, giving them an order and being taken no notice of. ’ Exasperated, Fox turned to Sgt Thornton and said: ‘Blow this for a lark!
Some died on the spot. The kitchen was used as a reception area and the dining room as an operating theatre. Two officers operated at the dinner table [Capt Vaughan and the RMO of 7th Bn Parachute Regiment]. ’ The word filtered round the platoons that over 90 bottles of champagne, hidden from the Germans in 1940, were being uncorked by the Gondrées to celebrate the liberation. In conversation with the author, Howard recalled that during the day many of the men in the vicinity found an excuse to make a short trip to the Company Clearing Post to enjoy the hospitality of the delighted and courageous French couple.
Qxd:Layout 1 Pegasus Bridge looking east. It was about here that Lt ‘Den’ Brotheridge was caught in a fatal burst of fire. The newly erected signs can be seen at either end, with a cruder stencilled tactical sign on the bridge. Café Gondrée stands shuttered on the right, while in the distance the Horsa gliders can be seen. (IWM B7032) 30 4/3/10 14:56 Page 30 for. ’ Clouds covered the moon; Ainsworth used a pocket torch to see his stopwatch, which he had started with the cast-off. The first leg of the flight would be between 6 and 7 miles and would take only 3½ minutes.