One of the pleasures of my research has been hearing from veterans or their families. Often they are looking for more detailed information about friends or relatives who fought in Sicily in July 1943.
After more than 10 years of research in archives around the world, I can frequently give them answers they have not been able to get elsewhere. Sometimes the information doesn’t seem to exist, but I am happy to see if I have it.
If you would like more information about a friend or family member who fought in Operation Ladbroke and the battle for Syracuse in 1943, leave a reply (comment) at the bottom of an appropriate article or page, and I will try to help. I will not publish your comment if you ask me not to.
Meanwhile, here are some key books about Operation Ladbroke in case you want to start your own research:
Alexander Junier & Bart Smulders, “By Land, Sea and Air”, the story of the 2 South Staffords in WW2. Out of print.
Stuart Eastwood, “When Dragons Flew”, the story of 1 Border Regt in WW2. Available from the regimental museum here.
Mike Peters, “Glider Pilots in Sicily”, also includes Operation Fustian. Available from the publishers here.
Claude Smith, “History of the Glider Pilot Regiment”. Available from the publishers here.
Alec Waldron, “Operation Ladbroke: From Dream to Disaster”. Available from the publishers here.
George Chatterton, “The Wings of Pegasus”, the story of the Glider Pilot Regiment by its former CO. Out of print.