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Landing on the Edge of Eternity
by Robert Kershaw




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A visceral and momentous narrative of the first twenty-four hours of D-Day on Omaha Beach: the most dramatic Allied landing of World War II.

Early in 1944, German commander Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took a look at the sloping sands and announced "They will come here " He was referring to "Omaha Beach". The beach was then transformed into three miles of lethal, bunker-protected arcs of fire, with seaside chalets converted into concrete strongpoints, with layers of barbed wire and mines.

When Company A of the US 116th Regiment landed on Omaha Beach in D-Day's first wave on 6th June 1944, it lost 96% of its effective strength. This was the beginning of the historic day that Landing on the Edge of Eternity narrates hour by hour--midnight to midnight--tracking German and American soldiers fighting across the beachhead.

The Wehrmacht thought they had bludgeoned the Americans into submission yet by mid-afternoon, the American troops were ashore. Why were the casualties so grim, and how could the Germans have failed? Juxtaposing the American experience--pinned down, swamped by a rising tide, facing young Wehrmacht soldiers fighting desperately for their lives, Kershaw draws on eyewitness accounts, memories, letters, and post-combat reports to expose the true horrors of Omaha Beach.

Landing on the Edge of Eternity is a dramatic historical ride through an amphibious landing that looked as though it might never succeed.

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Overview

A visceral and momentous narrative of the first twenty-four hours of D-Day on Omaha Beach: the most dramatic Allied landing of World War II.

Early in 1944, German commander Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took a look at the sloping sands and announced "They will come here " He was referring to "Omaha Beach". The beach was then transformed into three miles of lethal, bunker-protected arcs of fire, with seaside chalets converted into concrete strongpoints, with layers of barbed wire and mines.

When Company A of the US 116th Regiment landed on Omaha Beach in D-Day's first wave on 6th June 1944, it lost 96% of its effective strength. This was the beginning of the historic day that Landing on the Edge of Eternity narrates hour by hour--midnight to midnight--tracking German and American soldiers fighting across the beachhead.

The Wehrmacht thought they had bludgeoned the Americans into submission yet by mid-afternoon, the American troops were ashore. Why were the casualties so grim, and how could the Germans have failed? Juxtaposing the American experience--pinned down, swamped by a rising tide, facing young Wehrmacht soldiers fighting desperately for their lives, Kershaw draws on eyewitness accounts, memories, letters, and post-combat reports to expose the true horrors of Omaha Beach.

Landing on the Edge of Eternity is a dramatic historical ride through an amphibious landing that looked as though it might never succeed.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781681778662
  • ISBN-10: 1681778661
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publish Date: November 2018
  • Page Count: 440
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds


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