Parachute Doctor is the story of Captain David Tibbs RAMC MC who as a member of 225 (Parachute) Field Ambulance and the 13th Parachute Battalion served with the 5th Parachute Brigade of the famous 6th Airborne Division. His fascinating recollections feature jumping into Normandy on D-Day and the subsequent intense battle to defend the Airborne perimeter; assisting the Americans in repulsing the Ardennes offensive, the massive Airborne drop across the Rhine and the rapid advance to the Baltic to prevent the Russians moving into Denmark. Following the end of the European war, the Brigade was shipped to the Far East for a proposed invasion of Singapore. However, the Japanese surrendered beforehand, and the Paras ended up being involved in a little kwn episode, fighting alongside the Japanese in defence of Dutch civilians against violent rebels on the island of Java.
David Tibbs began his medical career at Guy's Hospital in London before joining the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1943. His wartime service saw him being wounded by a sniper and earning the Military Cross. Upon his return to civilian life he qualified to become a surgeon and had a long and distinguished career within the National Health Service. Before retirement he was influential in the building of the new John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. David lives in Oxford and has been happily married to Marie, for 44 years. The editor, Neil Barber, has written two books. The Day the Devils Dropped In is about the 9th Parachute Battalion's D-Day assault on the Merville Gun Battery and its subsequent epic defence of the notorious Chateau St Come. The Pegasus and Orne Bridges details the capture, defence and relief on D-Day of these two vital objectives. He also edited the memoirs of Army Commando, Stan Scott, published as Fighting with the Commandos. All three books delve deeper into their subject than anything previously published.