"Gripping...It's through books like this that those brave men, who fought so others could be free, live on. " -- Dallas Morning News . 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.
Alex Kershaw has been a regular contributor to leading magazines and newspapers around the world since 1990, including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Observer, El Pais, Le Monde and many others. He has written several screenplays, co-produced two acclaimed documentaries and is also the author of the widely-acclaimed biography, Jack London, and more recently, Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capra. He has lived in the U.S. since 1994.