The Devil’s Own Luck: From Pegasus Bridge to the Baltic by Denis Edwards

The Devil’s Own Luck: From Pegasus Bridge to the Baltic by Denis Edwards lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Military Army section.

Barnsley: Leo Cooper, 1999, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables; Maps; Tables; Appendices [4];

From the cover: With a fine disregard for orders from the highest level that soldiers were strictly forbidden to keep diaries, Denis (Eddie) Edwards managed to record his experiences throughout nearly all his time in Europe in 1944-45. Since he was one of the first both to land on D-Day and was among the first to join up with the Russians near the Baltic in the spring of 1945, his record covers the entire period of the fighting after the landings in Normandy. And a very remarkable record it is too. Having given a brief account of his upbringing and early training, particularly after coming under the command of the indomitable Major John Howard, he goes on to describe the airborne landings at Pegasus Bridge and the events of each day thereafter. His account of the nearly disastrous Rhine Crossing is particularly important.

This is war seen very much from the point of view of the humble infantryman, whose knowledge of events on the wider canvas was, at best, limited. As such it brilliantly conveys what it was like to be facing death day after day, night after night, month after month, with never a bed to sleep in nor a hot meal to go home to. This is warfare in the raw brutal yet humorous, immensely tragic but, sadly, all true.

Denis Edwards diary has been available to researchers at the Imperial War Museum for some time but this is the first occasion in which it has been brought to a wider audience.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 246 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

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