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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (569 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Kershaw Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Bedford Boys is the astonishing true story of twenty-one young men who were killed during the first horrifying minutes of D-Day and the friends and families they left behind in the small town of Bedford. Twenty-one sons killed—no other town in America suffered a greater loss in one day. It is an unforgettable story of triumph, courage, and tragedy based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives as well as diaries and letters. Alex Kershaw’s remarkable book brings to vivid, heartbreaking life the hitherto untold story of one small American town, their sons, and the brutal, bloody war that deprived them of their futures.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A powerful reminder of the human cost of war.”

    Washington Post

  • “A poignant story that humanises the D-Day sacrifice.”

    The Observer (London)

  • “This accessible and moving group biography portrays the men of Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, who were part of the first wave at Omaha Beach in WWII. Initially, 103 of them left the small town of Bedford, Va.—now the site of the national D-Day memorial—when the local National Guard was called up in 1940; thirty-four were still with the company on D-Day. Of these, nineteen died in a matter of minutes and three more perished in the Normandy campaign…the book’s central focus is on the town where a good many survivors remain whose memories have not faded and whose emotional wounds have not healed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kershaw’s book is more than just another war story; here is an in-depth account of this blue-collar town and its 3,000 people…Kershaw describes in painful detail how the next of kin were notified of the soldiers’ deaths via Western Union telegrams and how the news devastated their lives. Drawing on interviews with survivors and relatives, newspaper clippings, letters, and diaries, Kershaw has chronicled one community’s great sacrifice.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ed | 2/15/2014

    " An excellent, haunting book of war and sacrifice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janel | 2/11/2014

    " Great book. Read it in one day on vacation. It is about the town of Bedford, Virginia who lost 22 sons on DDay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/2/2014

    " This book amazes me at their sacrifice and courage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenny Karraker | 1/17/2014

    " Each year on the anniversary of D-Day, I see articles in the paper and hear on the news broadcasts about the sacrifices made that day on the beaches. This book showed me another side of that great invasion as the author tells the story of Company 29 and the many soldiers from the little town of Bedford,VA who participated, most of them dying as that first wave of men attempted to cross the beach and attack the German defenders. It was interesting to learn that these boys had signed up as National Guard members, mostly to receive the extra $1 per month to help support their families during the Depression. They were called up for regular duty and trained in England for two years readying them for this invasion that would eventually begin the end of the European theater of the war. It was sad to hear about the few who lived though it all and their survivor's guilt and post traumatic stress symptoms, things they struggled with for the rest of their lives and for which no help was available at the time. The histories of the families and their struggles to live with their sons' deaths was sobering. Having a father who fought in WWII and who would not talk about his experiences until almost 40 years later when my 8th grade daughter was assigned in school to interview a WWII veteran, this book made me appreciate again all he did to serve our country and to make this a better place to live. "

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