Title: By Air to Battle – The Official Account of the British Airborne Divisions


Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1945


Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 144 pages

Comments: The official account of the British 1st Airborne Division and 6th Airborne Division during World War Two.

The 1st Airborne Division was a military formation of the British Army during the Second World War. The Division was formed in 1941 and fought in Tunisia and Sicily, but is best remembered for its part in the Battle of Arnhem where it was effectively destroyed, with only 3,910 men surviving the battle.

The division was the first to use the maroon beret, now an internationally recognised symbol of airborne forces.

The 6th Airborne Division was an airborne division in the British Army during the Second World War. It took part in Operation Tonga, the airborne landings on the left flank of the invasion beaches in the Normandy Landings. It played a small part in the Battle of the Bulge and was involved in Operation Varsity, the Allied assault across the Rhine river. At the end of the war in Europe it was planned to send the Division to the Far East for operations against Japan, but these plans were cancelled after the Atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese mainland. The Division was instead sent to Palestine on internal security duties, where it remained until being disbanded in April 1948.

A scarce account of two famous British divisions of World War Two. Includes the history from inception of the British 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions and their engagements at Monte Vulture, Bruneval, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Arnhem and the Rhine.

Cover has split in two and separated form the book, otherwise would have been very good condition.