Whilst many books have been written on the history of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces in the Second World War, none of them have concentrated solely on the story of the 1st Parachute Brigade in North Africa between 1942 and 1943. Helion and Company are therefore pleased to announce the publication of Tunisian Tales - the 1st Parachute Brigade in North Africa 1942 - 1943 by Niall Cherry.
Tunisian Tales covers the raising of the Brigade in 1941 and training in the UK before their transfer to the Mediterranean theatre of operations. It also covers the three airborne operations carried out by the Brigade there - Bone, Souk-el-Arba and Depienne/Oudna - in great detail.
The book is complemented by over 100 photos, many never published before, maps (both specially-commissioned colour maps and originals, including one used by Lieutenant Colonel Pearson when in command of the 1st Parachute Battalion) and coverage of the Airborne Medical Services in the area, besides extensive appendices.
This is Niall's third book for Helion following on from his highly successful previous titles - Most Unfavourable Ground and Striking Back. As in his previous works, detailed research has been carried out using official reports, war diaries and veterans' accounts. The book has the full approval of 'Airborne Assault', the Museum of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces at Duxford, and we are delighted that its curator, Jon Baker, has contributed the Foreword.
Tunisian Tales represents a notable contribution to new research into the history of Britain's airborne forces. It is being published in a strictly limited edition hardback run of 1,000 copies, each signed by the author and individually numbered.
"At last I have got around to thanking you for the safe arrival of your quite remarkable book ... It is, I think, magnificent! Congratulations - I think it is your best yet. You must - even with your two assistants - have done a tremendous amount of research - that was the first thing that struck me as I quickly thumbed through the pages. I was most gratified to learn that there are others who firmly believe (like myself) that for the Medical Services of the Paras North Africa was the 16 PFA’s most unified and sustained operation. Include Sicily (whilst we were still an independent brigade) as part of the Mediterranean/North African campaign, then I would say it was 16 PFA’s “finest hour” – even though we had lost one Section almost in its entirety.” Jack Bellamy, Chief Clerk 16 PFA
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