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The first wave : the D-Day warriors who led the way to victory in World War II

Author: Alex Kershaw
Publisher: [New York] : Dutton Caliber, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day's most perilous missions. The charismatic, unforgettable cast includes the first American paratrooper to touch down on Normandy soil; the British glider pilot who braved antiaircraft fire to crash-land mere yards from the vital Pegasus Bridge; the Canadian brothers who led their troops onto Juno Beach  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kershaw, Alex, author.
First wave
New York : Dutton Caliber, [2019]
(DLC) 2019002021
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Kershaw
ISBN: 9780451490056 0451490053
OCLC Number: 1082332255
Description: 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: June 5, 1944 --
Ham and jam --
The cruel seas --
A Grade-A stinker --
Bloody lucky --
By dawn's faint light --
An angel on each shoulder --
La Belle France --
All the blue bonnets --
Tallyho! --
The Bocage --
A dirty bush war --
Defeating Hitler.
Responsibility: Alex Kershaw.

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"Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day's most perilous missions. The charismatic, unforgettable cast includes the first American paratrooper to touch down on Normandy soil; the British glider pilot who braved antiaircraft fire to crash-land mere yards from the vital Pegasus Bridge; the Canadian brothers who led their troops onto Juno Beach under withering fire; as well as a French commando, returning to his native land, who fought to destroy German strongholds on Sword Beach and beyond. Readers will experience the sheer grit of the Rangers who scaled Pointe du Hoc and the astonishing courage of the British airborne soldiers who captured the Merville Gun Battery in the face of devastating enemy counterattacks. The first to fight when the stakes were highest and the odds longest, these men would determine the fate of the invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe--and the very history of the twentieth century. The result is an epic of close combat and extraordinary heroism. It is the capstone Alex Kershaw's remarkable career, built on his close friendships with D-Day survivors and his intimate understanding of the Normandy battlefield. For the seventy-fifth anniversary, here is a fresh take on World War II's longest day"--

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