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WRITER AND JOURNALIST AUTHOR OF NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLERS ABOUT WWII

THE CHAMPAGNE CAMPAIGN

IN AUGUST 1944, THE LIBERATOR AND HIS MEN FOUGHT THROUGH SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES AND TOWNS IN FRANCE – PART OF THE CHAMPAGNE CAMPAIGN. THE THUNDERBIRDS’ MARCH TOWARD the Third Reich resumed the next morning shortly after dawn. … Continue reading

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DUNKIRK FROM THE AIR

STRAFING THE BEACHES – DUNKIRK AS SEEN FROM THE AIR By Alex Kershaw Photo: Flight Lieutenant Frank Howell, RAF 609 Squadron. By May 26 1940, around 250,000 British troops, the rump of what remained of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), … Continue reading

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R & R FOR THE LIBERATOR

THE LIBERATOR – FELIX SPARKS, on far left, Naples. 1944. In March 1944, Felix Sparks was finally able to take a break from war. A couple of weeks after losing his infantry company at Anzio, he visited Naples. THE STREETS … Continue reading

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LAST FLIGHT FROM SINGAPORE

75TH ANNIVERSARY STORY To mark fall of Singapore, 15 February 1942. “LAST FLIGHT FROM SINGAPORE” By Alex Kershaw I WAS STUNNED when I saw the battered chest, plastered with customs stickers, sitting in the center of a living room in … Continue reading

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NAZI PARIS

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TRAVEL WITH ALEX KERSHAW THIS FALL OF 2017

Dear friend It’s a great pleasure to invite you to join me on the National War II’s museum’s Soldiers and Spies tour, a unique and truly immersive experience that takes you back in time to many of the extraordinary places … Continue reading

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THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN WASKOW

To mark the anniversary of the death of Captain Waskow, killed near San Pietro on 12 December 1943, I am posting Ernie Pyle’s deeply moving account and a beautiful letter that Waskow had upon him when he died – it … Continue reading

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WHERE THE BEDFORD BOYS LANDED

NOT LONG AGO I CROSSED DOG GREEN SECTOR OF OMAHA BEACH – THE BLOODIEST SANDS OF D DAY AND INDEED IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE IMAGES SHOW MY GROUP RE-ENACTING THE FIRST ACTIONS OF THE BEDFORD BOYS AS THEY LINED UP … Continue reading

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RIP LYLE BOUCK

REST IN PEACE LYLE To commemorate the passing of Lyle Bouck, commander pf WWII’s most decorated US platoon, I am posting an extract from THE LONGEST WINTER and several photos. Chapter 7: The Last Sunset Lanzareth-December 16, 1944 At 4:03 … Continue reading

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JIMMY GREEN LANDS THE BEDFORD BOYS ON OMAHA

JIMMY GREEN’S ACCOUNT OF JUNE 6 1944 This was provided by Kevan Elsby to the BBC in 2003. A fantastic account by the Brit who landed the Bedford Boys in exactly the right place – Dog Green – at the … Continue reading

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