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Book signing session

During our Daks over Normandy event at Caen-Carpiquet Airport, on 7 and 8 June, we are organising a number of book-signing sessions by quite a number of well-known and less well-know World War II authors. Here you can read about who’s coming and when and which book(s) they wrote.
These sessions are open for all who visit our event. The authors have their books available for sale. An excellent chance to meet the authors, and have them write your name or an assignment in the book you’ve just bought.

June 7th

James Holland

“Normandy '44, DDay and the Battle For France”

Times To Be Confirmed
Book available in the English language

James Holland is the Daks Over Normandy Ambassador. He was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in national newspapers and magazines and appears on national radio. His many books include Fortress Malta, Italy’s Sorrow, Big Week, The Battle of Britain and his fictional WW2 series featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner.

link to James Page https://www.griffonmerlin.com/about/

Neil Barber

“Pegasus and Orne Bridges”,
“Pocket Guide to Pegasus Bridge” and 
“Pocket Guide to Merville Battery”

From 10.00am to 12.00pm and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Books available in the French and English languages

Neil Barber has been interviewing Second World War veterans and studying the actions of the 6th Airborne Division in the Battle of Normandy for over 20 years, and this has resulted in the writing of several books. These each took many years of research and are therefore detailed accounts of the events, but mainly related in the words of the men who were actually there.



Adam Berry

“A Breathtaking Spectacle -  IX Troop Carrier Command”

From 10.00am to 1.00pm
Book available in the English language

This is the first book in a three volume series by British author Adam Berry and Dutch author Hans den Brok. Adam has been studying the 82nd Airborne in the UK and the Troop Carrier units for several years. Adam is a regular visitor to Normandy both with his young family and WW2 veteran friends.

link to book promo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az8INJ4cCCI

Stacey Hayashi

“Journey of Heroes : the Story of the 100th IB and 442nd RCT” (Comic Book)

From 10.00am to 1.00pm
Book available in the English language

Stacey Hayashi is a multi-talented Hawaiian born Writer, Film Producer, Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur and Historian of the Japanese American 100th Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service. Her Feature Film about the 442nd RCT “Go for Broke” which she wrote and produced won the award Outstanding Feature Film at the 2018 Normandy WWII Film Festival.

Promo video for her comic book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgHT2d_jw4s~
For the film https://www.goforbrokemovie.com/

Paul Woodadge

“Angels of Mercy - Two Screaming Eagle Medics in Normandy”

From 10.00am to 1.00pm
Book available in the English language

Angels of Mercy relates the history of the village of Angoville-au-Plain, La Manche in WW2. The book covers the extraordinary deeds of two 101st Airborne Screaming Eagle Medics on D-Day. In this tiny village 12th Century church, these two medics treated over eighty casualties - American, German and French.

link to book page https://www.ddayhistorian.com/angels-of-mercy.html

Stuart Robertson

“Command and Valour: The Grand Strategy of D-Day & the Battle for Normandy” 
“How 21 Heroic Deeds Helped Enable Victory

From 11.00am to 2.00pm
Books available in the English language

Born and raised in England, Stuart's qualifications include a BA Honours Degree in History from the College of York St John (University of Leeds). In 2016, Stuart was elected to the membership of the Royal Historical Society. He is also one of Normandy’s most well-known Tour Guides. In 2013, Stuart was commissioned to write the historical script for the 'D-Day Box' audio guide - an innovative project endorsed by the Normandy Office of Tourism.

http://www.normandybattletours.com/

Peter Caddick-Adams

“Sand and Steel, a new history of D-Day”

From 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Book available in the English language

Peter Caddick-Adams FRHistS is a British military historian at Cranfield University. He has travelled extensively overseas to warzones for his work and is widely regarded as one of the very best historians of his generation. His three previous works, Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge 1944-45, Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell & Monty and Rommel: were best sellers and Monte Cassino is now the basis for a movie for which he is the historical consultant.

link to book page https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/1062921/peter-caddick-adams.html

June 8th

Tom Wilson

“No Guns, just God's Glory - Allied chaplains killed in action in Normandy”

From 10.00am to 2.00pm
Book available in the French and English language

The Revd. Dr. Tom Wilson has had an interest in WW2 military history since he was 12 years old. Revd. Wilson had a career in the retail business world before answering the call to ordained ministry. He was ordained in the Anglican Church in Canada and served as Rector of a parish in southwestern Ontario. Revd Wilsonis now the Anglican Chaplain of St Raphael in southern France where he ministers to a multi-national English-speaking congregation.

Book link http://www.orepeditions.com/en/produit.php?id_produit=1347

Adam Lunney

“Ready to Strike: The Spitfires and Australians of 453 (RAAF) Squadron over Normandy”

From 10.00am to 4.00pm
Book available in the English language

Adam Lunney is a Sydney-based military historian and author. He has had a life-long interest in military history and has read widely on the subject for more than 30 years. He holds a Master of Arts (Military History) from UNSW College at the Australian Defence Force Academy and is a member of the Spitfire Association (Australia). Adam has travelled to World War II battlefields from the Solomon Islands to Europe, including Normandy and Arnhem.

link to https://adamlunney.com/

Paul Woodadge

“Angels of Mercy - Two Screaming Eagle Medics in Normandy”

From 10.00am to 4.00pm
Book available in the English language

Angels of Mercy relates the history of the village of Angoville-au-Plain, La Manche in WW2. The book covers the extraordinary deeds of two 101st Airborne Screaming Eagle Medics on D-Day. In this tiny village 12th Century church, these two medics treated over eighty casualties - American, German and French.

link to book page https://www.ddayhistorian.com/angels-of-mercy.html

Ian Gardner

“Tonight We Die As Men”

From 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Book available in the English language

Ian Gardner served for five years in 10th Battalion the Parachute Regiment as a medic. Ian has always loved military history but it was several years after leaving 10 Para that his interest in WWII US Paratroopers really began. Inspired after a visit to Normandy in 2000 he decided to focus on the 101st Airborne Division and in particular the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He has now covered the Regiment's history in a series of books.

publisher link https://ospreypublishing.com/ian-gardner

Gary Weight

“Mettle and Pasture - The Lincolnshire Regiment during WWII”

From 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Book available in the English language

Gary Weight was born within the walls of the oldest hospital in England, St Bartholomew's London - in itself simmering with a strong sense of bygone times...this must surely have been an omen! History forged a fascination and a passion, which has led to a career within the parameters of Military History. Having also established a Battlefield Touring business Gary has since conducted over 1500 tours of the Normandy region where he specializes in the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy in 1944 during WW2.