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No popular historian captures the grit and heroism of WWII like Alex Kershaw, and The First Wave is a culmination of over twenty years of passionate research, built on close friendships with D-Day survivors and his intimate understanding of the Normandy battlefield. Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the 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 first US soldier to wade ashore on D-Day; the first officer to lead men off bloody Omaha; the young lieutenant whose unsung heroics made all the difference at Pointe du Hoc; and others among the Allied forces who fought hardest when it mattered most, when the stakes were highest and the odds longest. These were the extraordinary warriors who determined the fate of the invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe—and the very history of the twentieth century.
An honorary colonel in the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division, Alex Kershaw is the widely acclaimed and award-winning author of several New York Times best-selling books about WWII, including The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, The Few, Escape from the Deep, The Liberator, and Avenue of Spies. A graduate of University College, Oxford, he worked as a journalist for The Guardian and other newspapers before moving to the US in 1994. His latest book is The First Wave, published in May 2019 to mark the 75th anniversary of D Day. He lives in Savannah and regularly leads battlefield tours and lectures on WWII. His 2012 book, The Liberator, is being made into a drama series to be aired by Netflix in 2020.
Alex Kershaw's book, The First Wave, will be available for purchase the evening of his presentation.