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The first wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II

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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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subject_facetAllied Powers (1919- ) -- Armed Forces -- Biography
Biography
Commando troops -- Biography
Large type books
Soldiers -- Biography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy
World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations
title_displayThe first wave : the D-Day warriors who led the way to victory in World War II
title_fullThe First Wave The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II
The first wave : the D-Day warriors who led the way to victory in World War II / by Alex Kershaw
The first wave [text (large print)] : the D-Day warriors who led the way to victory in World War II / by Alex Kershaw
title_shortThe first wave
title_subThe D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II
topic_facetArmed Forces
Campaigns
Commando operations
Commando troops
History
Military
Nonfiction
Soldiers
World War, 1939-1945