Destination Normandy: Three American Regiments on D-Day
Each participant's story is woven into the larger picture of the assault, allowing Bennett to go beyond the largely personal viewpoints yielded by traditional oral history but avoiding the impersonal nature of studies of grand strategy. In addition to the interviews and memoirs Bennett collected, he also discovered fresh documentary evidence from American, British, and French archives that play an important part in facilitating this new approach, as well as archives in Britain and France. The author unearths new stories and questions from D-Day, such as the massacre of soldiers from the 507th at Graignes, Hemevez, and elsewhere. This new material includes a focus on the regimental level, which is all but ignored by historians, while still covering strategic, tactical, and human issues. His conclusions highlight common misperceptions about the Normandy landings. Questions have already been raised about the wisdom of the Anglo-American amphibious doctrine employed on D-Day. In this study, Bennett continues to challenge the assumption that the operation was an exemplary demonstration of strategic planning.
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Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2006025916 ISBN: 0–275–99094–X ISSN: 1537–4432 First published in 2007 Praeger Security International, ...
... first and final battle would be in Normandy, and their burial place would be above Omaha Beach in the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer.
Measuring its heritage in months rather than years, the 507th would write the first pages of its own history. Instead of fighting around two rivers as they ...
By First World War standards—British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, for one, ...
Landing in the first wave several hundred yards from the correct position, Roosevelt is claimed to have said ''We'll start the war from right here,'' and in ...
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