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The Bedford Boys : One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice - Alex Kershaw

The Bedford Boys

One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice

Paperback Published: 11th May 2004
ISBN: 9780306813559
Number Of Pages: 328

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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.

"The Bedford Boys is written like Sebastian Junger's A Perfect Storm."

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Bedford Boysp. xi
Mapsp. xiii
D-Day, H-360p. 1
Going to Warp. 7
Moving Outp. 23
Cruel Seasp. 41
England's Ownp. 53
"29, Let's Go!"p. 67
Slapton Sandsp. 81
The Sausagesp. 93
The Empire Javelinp. 111
The First Wavep. 121
Dog Beachp. 129
"Medic!"p. 139
Every Man Was a Herop. 149
Bedford's Longest Dayp. 165
Bocagep. 173
The Longest Waitp. 189
His Deep Regretp. 197
Coming Homep. 209
Memorialp. 225
The Bedford Boys and D-Dayp. 239
Bibliographyp. 241
Notesp. 243
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780306813559
ISBN-10: 0306813556
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 11th May 2004
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1