The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw
One American Town's Ultimate D-day Sacrifice

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June 6, 1944: Nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia--population just 3,000 in 1944--died in the first bloody minutes of D-Day. They were part of Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division, and the first wave of American soldiers to hit the beaches in Normandy. Later in the campaign, three more boys from this small Virginia town died of gunshot wounds. Twenty-two sons of Bedford lost--it is a story one cannot easily forget and one that the families of Bedford will never forget. The Bedford Boys is the true and intimate story of these men and the friends and families they left behind.Based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives, as well as diaries and letters, Kershaw's book focuses on several remarkable individuals and families to tell one of the most poignant stories of World War II--the story of one small American town that went to war and died on Omaha Beach.

About Alex Kershaw

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Alex Kershaw is the New York Times bestselling author of several books on World War II, including The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Published March 18, 2008 by Da Capo Press. 328 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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And in all events, he knows only two moods: a sepia-toned prewar nostalgia in which the young Guardsmen reveled on beaches “where city girls wore revealing woolen bathing costumes and the Bedford boys would sweet-talk them as they jitter-bugged the night away”—and a scarlet breathlessness evoking...

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This accessible and moving group biography portrays the men of Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, who were part of the first wave at Omaha Beach in WWII. Initially, 103 of

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Kershaw doesn't wallow in cliches about heroism as he describes the carnage;

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