D-Day book signing to take place at museum

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International author Michael Tappenden will be signing copies of his book at the D-Day Museum on Saturday.

Pegasus to Paradise, is based on the true story of Michael’s dad Ted ‘Ham and Jam’ Tappenden and his D-Day experience.

Ted and men of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry landed by glider at on June 6, 1944 to capture and hold Pegasus Bridge, which was vital to the success of D-Day.

It was there that he earned the nickname ‘Ham and Jam,’ by sending the success signal by wireless to the supporting airborne troops due to arrive in the darkness. ‘Ham and Jam’ meant that two vital bridges had been captured.

Michael, who himself served with the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment, said: ‘Somehow and with no apparent help, they managed to survive, despite the buttoned-up attitudes of the 40s and 50s.

‘There’s was a remarkable generation.’

The signing takes place from 10am.