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Author Kershaw, Alex, author.

Title THE FIRST WAVE : THE D-DAY WARRIORS WHO LED THE WAY TO VICTORY IN WORLD WAR II / [large print] Alex Kershaw.

Edition First large print edition.
Publication Info. New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
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 95th Street Adult Large Type Fiction  940.5421421 KER    AVAILABLE
 Naper Blvd. Adult Large Type Nonfiction  940.5421421 KER    AVAILABLE
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Description 497 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, black and white photographs ; 24 cm
Physical Medium large print rda
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Allied Powers (1919- ) -- Armed Forces -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations.
Soldiers -- Biography.
Commando troops -- Biography.
Genre Large type books.
ISBN 9781984882868
1984882864
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