Thorndike Press

The First Wave

  • Alex Kershaw
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  • ISBN-10: 1984882864
  • ISBN-13: 9781984882868
  • DDC: 940.54
  • Shipping Weight: 1.13 lbs ( .51 kgs)
  • 496 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released May 2019

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A National Bestseller
A New York Times Bestselling Author

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 glider pilot who braved antiaircraft fire to crash-land mere yards from the vital Pegasus Bridge; the 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 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.

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“[A] fast-paced tale . . . Kershaw is at his evocative best describing the chaos, courage, and carnage of combat, vividly portraying the bravery of the ‘greatest generation.’ Even readers well-read on the subject will enjoy this perspective.”

— Publishers Weekly