Batsford, 1st ed., 1979. 192 pp., 10 photo-plates + 4 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Spine of d.j., faded & a crease to rear o/w V.G. The task of the Parachute Pathfinder companies in World War II was to land at the Dropping Zone half an hour before their comrades, pinpoint the Zone by means of a Eureka radio marker, and then clear the area of obstacles and beat off any counter attacks so that the main drop could be made in relative security. This is the story of the 21st Independent Parachute Company, the original pathfinders of the British Airborne Forces, told by a former sergeant. The Company was on active service in Algeria and Tunisia; Sicily and Italy; in Norway, France and Holland; and finally in Greece and Palestine. Arnhem was the most exacting operation in which it took part and of this Kent gives a vivid eye-witness account. An uncommon account.