Destination Normandy: Three American Regiments on D-Day
G H Bennett collects oral histories from the soldiers of three American regiments and weaves them into an intimate account of the D-Day invasion of 6 June 1944. Widely scattered during its drop into Normandy, the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment (82nd Airborne Division) stopped the advance of an SS division. The untested 116th Infantry Regiment (29th Infantry Division) landed on bloody Omaha Beach, where it suffered more casualties than any other regiment that day. Meanwhile, the 22nd Infantry Regiment (4th Infantry Division) easily waded ashore on Utah Beach but faced savage fighting as it moved inland. AUTHOR: G.H. Bennett is head of humanities at the University of Plymouth. He has written or co-written eight books, including Hitler's Admirals and Roosevelt's Peacetime Administrations, 1933-41. ILLUSTRATIONS: 18 b/w photos
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