This is in addition to my previous post concerning the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.
I have just completed THE BEDFORD BOYS, by Alex Kershaw,(2003), 274 pages, and many photos.
This excellent book describes the origins, kinships, trials, accomplishments and fate of a group of young men from Company "A", 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.
The 29th ID spearheaded the invasion of Europe, lead by Company "A" as it crossed those deadly sands at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, 6 June 1944, D-Day.
Mr. Kershaw has a masterly style, and paints an amazing tale of brave young men taking on what appeared to be a hopeless task, with few survivors from the original force, 38 Bedford boys invaded, 22 died on D-Day, 12 remain there.
There have been other outstanding presentations of the war in Europe,especially Stephen E. Ambrose's CITIZEN SOLDIERS, and Tom Brokow's GREATEST GENERATION, but these seem to lack thepersonal depth of Kershaw's work.
With him, we are standing with family during the Bedford boy's upbringing, thru basic training, a year in England andtheir falling on Omaha Beach.
We meet and know the parents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, sweethearts and wives throughout the story. We share correspondence and pictures.We agonize with the survivors upon the return of their bodies. We weep with the survivors, many of whom trecked to Normandy on the 50th anniversary of the invasion to view the actual site of their tremendous loss.
In reflection, most of these young men just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, for they had innocently joined the National Guard at the height of the Depression in order to draw a dollar a day pay for each day of service in the Guard. Sound familiar? An extra dollar was very important at that time.
I recommend this book, and rate it a TEN.
No, I have no finiancial interest in the sale of this book.