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Glider-borne airborne troops were expected to played a major part in liberating Sicily from Nazi control in July 1943. But, as this revealing book recounts, the airborne part of Operation Husky was a fiasco in which more than 300 men drowned. Author Major Mike Peters investigates how lack of training, inexperience and a botched night attack combined to ground an over-ambitiious adventure – despite the heroism of those who survived to save the day and avert total disaster.

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