The First Wave by Alex Kershaw

The First Wave

The New York Times bestselling author of The Liberator and Avenue of Spies returns with an utterly immersive, adrenaline-driven account of D-Day combat. "Meet the assaulters: Pathfinders plunging from the black, coxswains plowing the whitecaps, bareknuckle Rangers scaling sheer rock... Fast-paced and up-close, this is history's greatest story reinvigorated as only Alex Kershaw can."--Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author of Spearhead and ...

Details The First Wave

TitleThe First Wave
Release DateMay 14th, 2019
PublisherDutton Caliber
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, World War II, Military Fiction

Reviews The First Wave

  • happy
    Mr. Kershaw again delivers a fascinating look at World War II. With this narrative, Mr. Kershaw tells the story of the first men into Normandy as well as well as a look at their enemies. Well known events such as the British Glider landing at Pegasus Bridge and the US Ranges at Pointe Du Hoc are told. More obscure events are also included in the narrative. This includes the story of the 101st Abn Divs pathfinders, who the first American's into No...
  • Mike
    **I received a copy of this book from the publisher in expectation of a fair review. I have read three of Alex Kershaw's books prior to this one and enjoyed every one. "The First Wave" stands up nicely with his previous works. Kershaw brings us the stories of the individual participants before, during and after D-Day. Mostly the Allied side of the day is told but there are a few Germans (and Poles, Russians forced to fight) stories as well. Point...
  • Nick
    Note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.A tremendous first hand account in the vein of George Koskimaki's 101st Airborne trilogy with one major exception - Alex Kershaw weaves multiple individual narratives together into a cohesive on the beaches and in the trenches account of the D-Day invasion of Europe. Mr. Kershaw once again demonstrates his ability to tell a personal story on a grand stage. All variety ...
  • Jill Mackin
    Heroes all.
  • Kurt
    I don't believe that any written description of the events on D-Day will ever be able to do justice and accurately impart to any reader the magnitude of the death, destruction, heroism, scale, logistics, and importance of the operation. That being said, I salute the authors who have tried to do just that because it is so important that we who were not there at least get an inkling of the sacrifices that were made by so many for the benefit of so...
  • Larry
    What some people did on our behalf during World War II is breathtaking. Kershaw captures their deeds with precision and feeling.
  • Alex Kershaw
    Available in paperback May 2020
  • Martin
    Thank you Penguin/Berkley for the advanced copy. In Herman Wouks, War and Remembrance, there is a section in which he pulls himself out of the fictional narrative, and lists the names of the torpedo bomber squadron that sacrificed their lives in a heroic attack on Japanese aircraft carriers during the battle of Midway. Wouk said something like, and I paraphrase, after weve bombed ourselves back to the caves, when we tell tales of historic deeds, ...
  • Dachokie
    Effectively Presents D-Day as an Allied Effort This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book.D-Day is arguably the most documented event in military history. With the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings approaching, Alex Kershaw offers a book that presents the operation through the eyes of those who spearheaded the attempt to liberate Western Europe. Even with the vast number of D-Day books ...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day I read this well written account of D-Day. I added this to my shelf, because I want to learn more about World War 2 and the lives that were lost and the families who lost their family members. The first thing that jumped out to me about this book is how its mostly told in first person viewpoints, so you feel like your right there with them feeling their fear, terror and confusion and their shock of ...
  • Donna Hines
    With the 75th anniversary concluding on June 6th 2019 this is a wonderful new work examining a sneak peek into the WWII heroes of Normandy and what it took to lead the way to victory. The D-Day Warriors were courageous in battle and in life.They answered the call to duty without hesitation or reservation and dropped what they needed to serve their nation in honor many giving the ultimate sacrifice so that others may know freedom.The British Glide...
  • John Bond
    Good personal recounting of what might be the most important day of the 20th Century. Well done.
  • Venky
    2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of one of the most storied and epochal events dotting the annals of global and military history. The colossal Allied invasion at Normandy (D-Day) that set in motion the defeat of the greatest racial bigots that humanity had the misfortune to be associated with, has become immortal not just for the supreme sacrifices made by thousands of brave soldiers, but also for the lessons it imparted for the very future of man...
  • Albert Town
    On a date that is well, and familiar -6 June1944, after receiving the order to proceed with the invasion after several months of intense planning, and rehearsal, the Allied Army moved towards its objective. What was written in this piece is about the men of were the inital assault be it either by air or sea, and the maelstrom they faced against a well prepared German Army. In the movie "Saving Pvt. Ryan" the opening scene is said to resemble what...
  • Míceál Ó Gealbháin
    If you want to crawl into a foxhole, fly in a Spitfire, storm the beach in a Higgins Boat then pick up a book by Alex Kershaw. Alex has written another good one. The only negative thing I can say about finishing a Kershaw book is waiting for him to publish the next one.
  • Joseph
    I received an advance reading copy from the publisher.Wow. WW2 is not my preferred subject matter, but still....This book belongs on the same shelf as the tomes written by Stephen Ambrose. I read through this book in just over one day. It was an adrenaline fueled adventure from start to finish. And what better way to commemorate D-Day than a robust addition to the vast WW2 literature. A fantastic read.
  • Tim
    Another great WW2 book by Alex Kershaw. The personal stories are so heart breaking and his descriptions are so vivid. Alex writes so very well and even if you know the history of D-Day, I highly recommend you read this book. The book is just over 300 pages a perfect length. This is a great read!
  • David Barnes
    Great personal stories
  • Steve
    Another great book from Alex Kershaw. The First Wave tells the story of Allied troops, from the American and British airborne divisions who parachuted behind enemy lines on the night before D day, to the Allied soldiers who hit the beaches of Normandy under enemy fire, This is an extraordinary book of the men who had the courage and fought and push their way to liberate France from German occupation.
  • Allison6876
    Love Kershaw's style of writing - so readable!
  • Bob
    Timely read for me. Being close to the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
  • Jim Barber
    I like to hope that everyone finds whatever courage is needed when they face those unbelievable moments in life. But I'm always awed by the immense bravery demonstrated by those men who mounted the D-Day invasion. Of course, they really had no option but to storm ahead but even so, it took incredible guts to storm those beaches or jump out of planes to begin the Allied offensive. This book captures the struggle in vivid detail. It's a blow-by-blo...
  • Lane Willson
    Another great work by Alex Kershaw! I especially liked the more complete picture of the British and Canadian roles on this incredible day.
  • Jim Beatty
    3 old ladies with brooms could keep the Rangers from getting up that cliff.
  • Steve
    Wonderful individual histories of men who made up the first wave of Allied soldiers to storm the Normandy beaches. Kershaw weaves the narratives of pathfinders, paratroopers, soldiers and sailors on all five of the invasion beaches in a compelling story of D-Day and the aftermath. Carefully researched, Kershaw follows some of the individual soldiers that made the invasion a success, soldiers who were awarded for their bravery and leadership, some...
  • Spartanprof
    Finished on d-Day - great read for this time of year
  • Mark
    Very informative and inspiring.
  • Joe Oaster
    fantastic book. I have read many accounts of D-Day and this was one of the greats.
  • Cromaine Library
    The Non-fiction Book Club gave this title an overall rating of 4.5 to 5 out of 5.
  • Wendell H Howell
    Yet Another Great ReadAuthor has a skill that makes for a compelling and of words. Looking at the pictures of these guys I have to keep telling myself that these are not giants. These are men forced into life threatening ordeals. And they stood the test very well.