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"The Longest Day - Overlord Tour"
WHAT REVIEWERS SAID..
‘The work of a compassionate, literate man....an inside view of the final days in the American presence in Vietnam. More important, it is an informative, uplifting inside view of how people cope in times of chaos.'
' The author is a veteran of the dangerous world of espionage, special forces and assassins. As Britain's Olympic Attaché to the Seoul Games, Adrian Hill knows all about the behind-the-scenes skulduggery.'
Brian Barron BBC TV News
' The first and crucial point about Adrian Hill's book is its authenticity. The writer knows his setting. From this position of strength he weaves a marvellous tale of intrigue and suspense. Its characters are alive. Its pace never falters and the narrative is always compellingly readable.'
Sir Trevor McDonald ITN
Commissioner for the English Language.
YOUR SKY GUIDES
Born in London during summer 1940 when the Battle of Britain raged overhead. That winter the Blitz forced the family down into the coal cellar! After the war the family lived in Middlesex then Staffordshire before returning south. At 18 years Adrian joined the Royal Engineers, gained his parachute wings, and after the Royal School of Military Engineering, became commissioned as an RE officer in 1960.
Eighteen years old and a Sapper - like a Private First Class in the US Army - talking with his CO, Colonel Ian Welstead and his troop commander while sprawled on the grass at Rochester Airfield waiting to jump. The two men bending over while reading the jump manifest are Sergeant Doug Peacock RAF who taught him to parachute and Major David Breeze.
As a young lieutenant, David Breeze jumped over Normandy on the night of D Day only to be captured - within a short time he escaped, stole a German motorbike and found the rest of the British 6th Airborne Division.
Another story about David Breeze tells how before D Day the British 6th Airborne and the US 101 Airborne divisions were based close together in Southern England. One day the colonel of the Parachute Engineers sent for David Breeze and explained that he was all for the men getting along well with their American neighbours but he drew the line at Mohican haircuts - and he had noticed one or two more in David Breeze's troop. The colonel added that expected his young officers to discourage this trend. Whereupon David Breeze removed his red beret and revealed, ' It's too late, Sir, I've already had mine done.'
Most training jumps took place from a small hooded cage suspended below a wartime barrage balloon. The stick squashed into the cage with their RAF instructor and the balloon slowly floated to 800 feet. Whereupon all jumped. Much cheaper than aircraft and far more environmentally friendly!
Seeking a change from soldiering Adrian joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in summer 1963. One never knows what life will bring...after living through the massive tank battle for Lahore during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War, he arrived in Cyprus just in time for the June 1967 Middle East War. Fate also decreed that although a diplomat he was the only Army qualified free-fall parachuting instructor on the island and shortly replaced the departing Doug Peacock as Chairman of the Cyprus Combined Services Parachute Club.
The club still uses the emblem he designed and the original badge hangs on display in Adrian's family home.
The reward for three wars and Northern Ireland. The finest garden view Adrian enjoyed throughout his life - Muri village south of Bern, looking along the Aare valley towards the Monch, Jungfrau and Blumlisalp. The Eiger and Finsteraarhorn are behind the clouds. A novel Spies & Lovers provides Adrian's portrait of the Swiss - he's married to one and his children are dual citizens. See World News and Books.
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