1st Eng. ed., 1988. 252 pp. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. The author took part in the Dunkirk Evacuation and after eighteen months as an instructor training others for battle, was accepted in February 1942 as a volunteer for the newly formed Airborne Division and served with it throughout the war. Cleverly weaving together real events with characters and incidents taken from life but fictionally presented, Michael Packe shows how the varied men and officers who were drawn together to form that elite division created an attitude to battle and life subtly different to that of other Army units. He follows the mixed and often dangerous group of characters as they move from England to North Africa, and then to Sicily, Italy and Germany, ending with the Airborne’s epic stand at Arnhem.