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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Further inland, the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division that had already distinguished itself in the Mediterranean Theater ...
They were, however, along with carbine versions of the M1 Garand, in greater use with American airborne regiments. The regiment and its subunits represented ...
In cinematic and cultural terms, the American airborne landings which preceded the fight for the beaches revolves around Private John Steele of the 82nd ...
What use should be made of airborne troops? How many landing craft and other resources would Allied planners need to devote to the operation?
Remarkably, it does not appear to have been distributed to the men of the 82nd Airborne Division who were based there in 1943–44. 12 Despite the preparation ...
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12 Cutoff Elements of the 507th
13 Aftermath and Conclusions
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507th Parachute Infantry Regiment Losses in Action June 6July 14 1944
116th Infantry Regiment Decorations for BraveryOmaha Beach
Casualties Recorded on the Graignes Memorial
9 Launching the Invasion
10 The Battle for the Marshes
11 The Drive Inland and the Crossing of the Merderet