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About alexkershaw

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

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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A D DAY WIDOW

BETTY WILKES – A BEDFORD GIRL I interviewed Betty Wilkes several years ago, after I had published The Bedford Boys. I recently found the transcript having learned that she had passed away. She lost her husband, Master Sergeant John Wilkes, … Continue reading

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AVENUE OF SPIES Q AND A

AVENUE OF SPIES Q AND A AVENUE OF SPIES A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris Crown; August 4, 2015 Q. How did you first come to hear about the remarkable Jackson … Continue reading

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HITLER VISITS AVENUE OF SPIES

AN EXTRACT FROM AVENUE OF SPIES By Alex Kershaw http://www.amazon.com/Avenue-Spies-Espionage-Resistance-Nazi-Occupied-ebook/dp/B00PEPR6QW 23 JUNE 1940 It was just after dawn when Hitler’s Storch rumbled along the runway at Le Bourget airfield. A giant cloud of oil fumes that had hovered over Paris … Continue reading

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VE DAY SPEECH, 8 MAY 2015

SEVENTY YEARS AGO TODAY IN EUROPE BY ALEX KERSHAW Having accepted the German surrender, Allied Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, sent a message to the Combined Chiefs of Staff in Washington: THE MISSION OF THIS ALLIED FORCE WAS FULFILLED … Continue reading

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LIBERATING HITLER’S BEER HALL

AN OVERVIEW OF THE BEER HALL PUTSCH By The United States Holocaust Museum “On November 8–9, 1923, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party led a coalition group in an attempted coup d’état which came to be known as the Beer … Continue reading

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TRAGEDIE FRANCAISE

How France sent its greatest chronicler of the Nazi occupation to her death. The great Jewish writer, Irene Nemirovsky. TRAGEDIE FRANCAISE By Alex Kershaw “In life, as on a shipwrecked boat, you have to cut off the hands of anyone … Continue reading

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GOODBYE BOB

GOODBYE BOB. By Alex Kershaw I didn’t try to choke back a sob when I learnt that Bob Sales had passed away on 23 February, aged 89. I’ve spent a fair bit of time over the years with some truly … Continue reading

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