The Bedford boys : one American town's ultimate D-Day sacrifice / Alex Kershaw.
By: Kershaw, Alex.Material type: BookPublisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2003Edition: 1st Da Capo Press pbk. ed.Description: xii, 279 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0306813556; 9780306813559; 0306811677; 9780306811678.Subject(s): United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 116th | United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 116th | World War (1939-1945) | 1939-1945 | Operation Neptune | Operation Neptune | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy | World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- United States | World War, 1939-1945 -- Virginia -- Bedford | Military campaigns | Regimental histories | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Normandy | World War, 1939-1945 -- Virginia | World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- United States | Operation Neptune | Bedford (Va.) -- History | France -- Normandy | United States | Virginia -- Bedford | Bedford (Va.) -- HistoryGenre/Form: History.DDC classification: 940.54/2142/0922755675 Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
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.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-242) and index.
D-Day, H-360 -- Going to War -- Moving Out -- Cruel Seas -- England's Own -- "29, Let's Go!" -- Slapton Sands -- The Sausages -- The Empire Javelin -- The First Wave -- Dog Beach -- "Medic!" -- Every Man Was a Hero -- Bedford's Longest Day -- Bocage -- The Longest Wait -- His Deep Regret -- Coming Home -- Memorial -- The Bedford Boys and D-Day.
Chronicles the experiences of the young men from Bedford, Virginia, who invaded Normandy's Omaha Beach as part of the first wave of American soldiers who hit the beaches on D-Day.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Acknowledgments (p. ix)
- The Bedford Boys (p. xi)
- Maps (p. xiii)
- 1 D-Day, H-360 (p. 1)
- 2 Going to War (p. 7)
- 3 Moving Out (p. 23)
- 4 Cruel Seas (p. 41)
- 5 England's Own (p. 53)
- 6 "29, Let's Go!" (p. 67)
- 7 Slapton Sands (p. 81)
- 8 The Sausages (p. 93)
- 9 The Empire Javelin (p. 111)
- 10 The First Wave (p. 121)
- 11 Dog Beach (p. 129)
- 12 "Medic!" (p. 139)
- 13 Every Man Was a Hero (p. 149)
- 14 Bedford's Longest Day (p. 165)
- 15 Bocage (p. 173)
- 16 The Longest Wait (p. 189)
- 17 His Deep Regret (p. 197)
- 18 Coming Home (p. 209)
- 19 Memorial (p. 225)
- The Bedford Boys and D-Day (p. 239)
- Bibliography (p. 241)
- Notes (p. 243)
- Index (p. 263)