Landing on the Edge of Eternity by Robert Kershaw

Landing on the Edge of Eternity

Before World War II, Normandy’s Plage d’Or coast was best known for its sleepy villages and holiday destinations. Early in 1944, German commander Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took one look at the gentle, sloping sands and announced "They will come here!” He was referring to "Omaha Beach”—the prime American D-Day landing site. The beach was subsequently transformed into three miles of lethal, bunker-protected arcs of fire, with seaside cha...

Details Landing on the Edge of Eternity

TitleLanding on the Edge of Eternity
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreHistory, War, World War II, Military Fiction, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews Landing on the Edge of Eternity

  • Robert Sheard
    Kershaw knows all the details. He served in the British Army in the 70s and his father was among those landing on Gold Beach on D-Day, but knowing the details and writing a readable narrative history are not the same thing. Thousands of Americans died on D-Day, and despite the fact that Kershaw includes lots of quotations from survivors about the day's events, there is a total absence of "people" in his book. It's 350 pages of strategy and troop ...
  • Elmwoodblues
    As an interested novice of World War II history, I picked this up thinking I might bounce around the book, looking for new-to-me military details or human interest stories to skim. Hours later, I had gone cover to cover, exhausted both at the epic depth of the tale and also the violence, courage, and humanity reflected on page after page. I didn't know the almost ridiculous optimism of the original plan, the assumed precise timings (good luck w ...
  • FunkyPlaid
    While I appreciate Robert Kershaw's attempt to present an intimate and focused narrative of the US D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, both the organization of the book's contents and the prose of the story itself conspired to hinder my enjoyment of it. Without delving too deeply into an expansive review, I will note the following points which stayed with me through the reading:1) The author's attempt to chronicle the timeline of the landing's first t...
  • Kenneth Barber
    This book relates the story of the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach. This was the toughest and best defended. It was the best fortified with several strongpoints with large guns and concrete bunkers. The fields of fire were laid out well with artillery spotted to protect the beach. The beach was laid out with mines and all types of obstacles to prevent a landing. The beach was also full of barbed wire and mines. The defenses were manned by a veteran...
  • Frank L.
    Initial Allied bombing missed most of the targets and so did the naval barrage. The Germans were waiting with perfectly sited artillery and their deadly MG 42 machine guns. The Allied invasion began in rough seas with most of the troops seasick and many of them green and untested in battle. Those landing craft that made it to the beach in the positions they were supposed to be in were greeted with deadly accurate enemy fire. Thousands were mowed ...
  • Lou
    This book takes you to the enormous struggle that the US Forces had at Omaha Beach. Not only do you hear stories/narratives from the US side but also from the German side and the French Civilians that were caught in the middle of this affair. I still believe The Longest Day is the best book in regards to relating the events of D-Day but this book holds it's own. Great for that WWII fan or anyone who likes American History. Great pictures includin...
  • Smh624
    I'd like to give it 4.5 stars. A spellbinding collection of first person descriptions of the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach. Especially interesting because it interweaves the experiences of the Americans, Germans, and French. I read it in about a 24 hour period which is fitting in that it covers the 24 hours of D-Day but also because I couldn't put it down. Some weird editing and repetition are my only criticisms of an excellent book.
  • Richard Minor
    I enjoyed the book. This is filled with details as it accounts this 24 hour time period. I was at times bogged down by the way he went back and forth between the accounts of German soldiers and the Allied Powers, but kept reading and enjoyed it because of the great attention to detail and tremendous research he lays out in the book.
  • James S
    If you're wondering if there's anything new to say about DDay, there is. The key, and great thing, about this book is that we get to follow individual soldiers, on both sides of the conflict, as they go through 24 hours together, fighting each other, at the few kilometers of Omaha Beach. It brings the story to life like no other DDay book has for me since Ambrose's Pegasus Bridge.
  • Grouchy Historian
    This book was simply magnificent. Truly 5 stars. The narrative almost leaves the reader eating dirt and smelling cordite. More importantly the maps are AWESOME!My biggest pet peeve is when history books skimp on maps or they are hard to find. This book has a great set right at the front and I really appreciate that. Highly recommended.
  • Peter L
    Landing on the edge of Eternity ...Explains in detail what the first 24 hours of D-Day was really like for perhaps the most important day in WW2 as seen through many participants on both sides as well as those who got caught up in the battle by accident.
  • Steve
    A interesting and a great book on the Landing of Omaha Beach and the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Very detailed along with a glossary of military terms and units as well as maps and those who fought during the D Day invasion.
  • Stephanie
    The best thing about this works was the blend of Allies, Axis, and civilian narratives on both the individual and large scale spectrum. It gets bogged down in the minutiae very easily lending it to be a bit text book dull/meh at times despite the interesting topic.
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  • Eugene LeCouteur
    Good read. Interesting even for one who has read a lot about the Normandy landings.
  • Patrick Casebeer
    Really wanted to read a good, non-fictional, account of D-Day and just didn’t get into this as much as the reviews made me think I would. I felt it got mired in details that would mean more for a research paper as opposed to a historical read. The maps and referencing of locations and technical names of all the crafts didn’t do it for me, I wanted the details of the stories and heroic actions more. I also got lost in the chapter ‘times’. ...