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{Read E-pub} ñ The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II ì The New York Times bestselling author of The Liberator and Avenue of Spies returns with an utterly immersive, adrenaline driven account of D Day combat Meet the assaulters Pathfinders plunging from the black, coxswains plowing the whitecaps, bareknuckle Rangers scaling sheer rock Fast paced and up close, this is history s greatest story reinvigorated as only Alex Kershaw can Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author of Spearhead and A Higher Call Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 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 centuryThe 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 Effectively Presents D Day as an Allied Effort This book was reviewed as part ofs Vine program which included a free copy of the book.D Day is arguably the most documented event in military history With the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings approaching, Alex Kershaw offers a book that presents the operation through the eyes of those who spearheaded the attempt to liberate Western Europe Even with the vast number of D Day books available, I found THE FIRST WAVE to be a refresh Effectively Presents D Day as an Allied Effort This book was reviewed as part ofs Vine program which included a free copy of the book.D Day is arguably the most documented event in military history With the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings approaching, Alex Kershaw offers a book that presents the operation through the eyes of those who spearheaded the attempt to liberate Western Europe Even with the vast number of D Day books available, I found THE FIRST WAVE to be a refreshing read.Sadly, after 75 years, it is logical to assume that most all of those who participated in the first wave of the Normandy landings have passed and with that, we lose the opportunity to hear their individual experience of that event This is one reason why I m always receptive to new books on the subject matter the individual may be gone, but their story has yet to be told.Unfortunately, D Day is superficially presented as a seaborn invasion popularly illustrated as Americans landing on Omaha beach and not the complex, precarious, multi faceted Allied operation it really was Before troops hit the beaches, airborne and glider borne troops landed in occupied territory to conduct extremely dangerous and simultaneous operations that would determine the success of the beach landings Kershaw deftly presents these stories in a collective manner that gives readers an idea of all things happening at once Too many books divide the events of D Day into chapters that depict British, Canadian, American and French efforts as individual separate events By presenting these experiences as they happened simultaneously , we get a much better understanding how easily D Day could have resulted in failure At first, I found the lumping together of all these individual accounts a little confusing, but quickly adapted and appreciated how effect it was to tell the story in this manner to generate the chaos and uncertainty.The individual accounts are interesting, colorful and unique As an American, I found the stories of the British and Canadian efforts quite interesting One of my favorite storylines in THE FIRST WAVE was the account of the Scottish soldier being ordered to play his bagpipes in the thick of battle and how it impacted morale at a moment of desperation I get chills just thinking about it Some of the accounts may be familiar Pegasus Bridge and Point du Hoc, for example , but they are presented as merely critical elements of the much bigger picture I ve read numerous books about D Day and never felt as if I was re reading events covered elsewhere Kershaw keeps things moving at a fast pace and you are never stuck with one storyline too long before you re thrust into another This foxhole to foxhole perspective across the entire Normandy front keeps things moving and as I approached the last quarter of the book, I realized only a few days of D Day had been covered.With the success of Operation Overlord assured, the individual accounts presented in THE FIRST WAVE do not end Kershaw graciously summarizes what these men experienced toward the wars end and beyond With this, we see the impact the war had on these men both good and bad.I own numerous D Day books I found THE FIRST WAVE to be a refreshing read and not a re hashing of other books By presenting so many individual accounts in a simultaneous manner, readers should get a better understanding of how the entire D Day operation hinged on the success of small groups achieving objectives prior to the beach landings These individual accounts of those experiences prove to be a gripping and memorable read Mr Kershaw again delivers a fascinating look at World War II With this narrative, Mr Kershaw tells the story of the first men into Normandy as well as well as a look at their enemies Well known events such as the British Glider landing at Pegasus Bridge and the US Ranges at Pointe Du Hoc are told More obscure events are also included in the narrative This includes the story of the 101st Abn Div s pathfinders, who the first American s into Normandy, shortly after midnight The stories of th Mr Kershaw again delivers a fascinating look at World War II With this narrative, Mr Kershaw tells the story of the first men into Normandy as well as well as a look at their enemies Well known events such as the British Glider landing at Pegasus Bridge and the US Ranges at Pointe Du Hoc are told More obscure events are also included in the narrative This includes the story of the 101st Abn Div s pathfinders, who the first American s into Normandy, shortly after midnight The stories of the first people onto and off the beaches are the bulk of the narrative.In addition to the airborne glider landings on each flank of the beachhead, he tells the story of the first people both on and off the respective beaches This includes the story of the 8th INF Regt on Utah Beach which landed about 1 mile from their designated landing beach The author tells the story of who actually made the decision to start the War from right here rather than try to go to the correct location view spoiler It wasn t TRJR as shown in the movie The Longest Day , it was the 8th INF cdr Col James Van Fleet hide spoiler The story of the 2nd Rangers at Pointe Du Hoc is also well told Again as with the Pegasus Bridge story, not much new related However, as with the rest of the narrative, the story is very well written and reinforces what I already knew about the men who climbed those cliffs.The Omaha Beach story is told through the eyes of the 16th INF Reg t of the US 1st Inf Div, who landed on the left side of the beach The chaos and slaughter on that morning is well illustrated and a word of warning for the weak of heart, it is a bit graphic Mr Kershaw brings to life the small unit leadership that got the men off the killing field that was Omaha beach and up the draws Surprisingly, Mr Kershaw does not tell the story of what was happening on the other side of Omaha Beach with the 29th Inf Division s 116th INF Reg t That was the subject of a previous book, The Bedford Boys One American Town s Ultimate D Day Sacrifice I understand it was a deliberate choice on his part.The British and Canadian landing are not given short shrift The author tells their story through the experiences of the Green Howards and the Commandos of Lord Lovat Of all the stories Mr Kershaw tells, Lord Lovat is one of the most memorable The author relates both his battle experience, his calmness under pressure and his outstanding combat leadership qualities In addition to Lord Lovat, Mr Kershaw tells the story of his personal piper who in spite of being so conspicuous survived both D Day and the War Lord Lovat had him playing almost from the moment they stepped ashore view spoiler The piper says that the only reason he survived is that the Germans thought he was crazy hide spoiler Almost all of the major works on D Day tell the story of the glider landings at Pegasus Bridge , so most of what Mr Kershaw writes about this part of the battle I knew Still, this is a very good recounting of those events and I esp liked the part where Lovat apologizes for being 2 minutes late in reliving the forces on the bridge.Finally, Ike makes an appearance The stress he was under is well illustrated, and the fact that he couldn t sit in his HQ after he made the decision to go This led to his visit to the men of the 101st and the famous photo.In addition to telling the Allied soldiers stories, Mr Kershaw also relates many of the defenders stories All in all this is a fantastic read and well deserves a place in D Day Canon About the only problem I had with it are some minor errors of gun calibers That kind of stuff should have been caught in proof reading and knocks a half star off the rating for me Still this is a 4.25 star read from me on GR I received a copy of this book from the publisher in expectation of a fair review I have read three of Alex Kershaw s books prior to this one and enjoyed every one The First Wave stands up nicely with his previous works Kershaw brings us the stories of the individual participants before, during and after D Day Mostly the Allied side of the day is told but there are a few Germans and Poles, Russians forced to fight stories as well Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Bridge, and other well known eve I received a copy of this book from the publisher in expectation of a fair review I have read three of Alex Kershaw s books prior to this one and enjoyed every one The First Wave stands up nicely with his previous works Kershaw brings us the stories of the individual participants before, during and after D Day Mostly the Allied side of the day is told but there are a few Germans and Poles, Russians forced to fight stories as well Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Bridge, and other well known events are covered but so are some other less well known stories You will meet some great characters in the air, ground and sea combat arenas New stories andinformation on what you think happened The book reads fast and don t skip the notes in the back, some good information there too Some apparent typos on various weapon characteristics did not take anything away from the book Overall highly recommended 4 Stars Note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.A tremendous first hand account in the vein of George Koskimaki s 101st Airborne trilogy with one major exception Alex Kershaw weaves multiple individual narratives together into a cohesive on the beaches and in the trenches account of the D Day invasion of Europe Mr Kershaw once again demonstrates his ability to tell a personal story on a grand stage All variety of units are covered in this D Day epic from the P Note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.A tremendous first hand account in the vein of George Koskimaki s 101st Airborne trilogy with one major exception Alex Kershaw weaves multiple individual narratives together into a cohesive on the beaches and in the trenches account of the D Day invasion of Europe Mr Kershaw once again demonstrates his ability to tell a personal story on a grand stage All variety of units are covered in this D Day epic from the Pathfinders of the airborne divisions and the gliders landing at Pegasus Bridge, to the Rangers at Pointe du Hoc, infantry from the 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions, the Green Howards, British Commandos and their French volunteers not to mention personal accounts from General Eisenhower For those who survived the war Mr Kershaw continues to follow their lives into peacetime following combat For most it was a sad history that reminds me of the troubles our young men have today re integrating with civilian life This incredibly told story is fast pace, engaging and vivid You ll be tempted to read this all in one go I recommend not letting it sit too long between reads as there are so many units and people involved you won t want to forget for a moment who you are reading about