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The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice

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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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Mr. Kershaw has quickly become one of my favorite writers after reading 'The Bedford Boys.' I am from the Lynchburg, VA area and picked this title up at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. After reading it, I was moved at how Kershaw was able to bring to life the ...
Mr. Kershaw has quickly become one of my favorite writers after reading 'The Bedford Boys.' I am from the Lynchburg, VA area and picked this title up at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. After reading it, I was moved at how Kershaw was able to bring to life the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the defense of this nation and those of the Allied forces. I found myself feeling as though the people I was reading about were my own family and feeling the heartache that the families felt as their loved ones did not return. This is as good a book on WWII and the D-Day invasion as I have read. This is a must read for anyone who is fascinated with WWII or a history buff.

posted by Anonymous on April 23, 2008

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

feel good story, but lacking

This is a wonderful book for the average American who wants to know what occurred on D-Day. I definately make it required reading for high school student. It will truly give one an appreciation of how young these men were who fought, why they fought, and the sacrifice...
This is a wonderful book for the average American who wants to know what occurred on D-Day. I definately make it required reading for high school student. It will truly give one an appreciation of how young these men were who fought, why they fought, and the sacrifices made by them and their families. That said, this is not a book for those who are seeking a history source. The book hasfew reliable primary sources to have true validity. The book was written by an English reporter, not someone with an extensive research background used in history writings. The author mentions every boy from Bedford who fought as a seemingly tribute, but the book could have been much more effective if the author had chosen 3-5 boys and told their stories in depth. I also think the reference, in the newer verison, to the events of 9/11 is tacky. It appears to merely been thrown in as an addition to have another publishing of the book. Overall this is a type of book that one would pick up at a WW2 Monument gift shop.

posted by Anonymous on June 8, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    Inspiring!

    Twenty-two young men, all from a small town in Virginia, made the ultimate sacrifice. Nineteen died during the first wave on Omaha Beach; later, three more died in the campaign that followed. This is their story - theirs and the other young men from Bedford. It is also the story of the people they left behind and the country they were fighting for. This book is sad but inspiring and informative. You will follow these youngsters from a small- town childhood through the tragedy of Operation Tiger to the fierce brutality of Normandy, June 6, 1944. You will find out more than you ever really wanted to know about why you chose the top of six bunks on the Queen Mary (converted to a troop ship) instead of the more convenient lower ones. You will learn, perhaps with some comfort considering today's news, that the country was not totally united during WWII, in spite of what we are now believe. John L. Lewis conducted his strikes, and there were race riots in Los Angeles and Detroit. This book inspired Saving Private Ryan . . . as it will inspire you.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2004

    Their Sacrifice for our Future

    As an educator with summers off, I always set a goal of reading at least three books before I return to the classroom. The Bedford Boys was an outstanding text. I thought it was interesting the way the author wrote about the events that took place on 6/6/44 on both the beaches of France as well as back in Bedford, VA. It showed how wars may be fought by the soldiers in the trenches, but the agony of fear and worry is a battle in itself. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in keeping the spirit of American valor alive.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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