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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The Battle for the Marshes 99 11. The Drive Inland and the Crossing of the Merderet 109 12. Cut-off Elements of the 507th 117 13.
Most of the men who will take part in the fighting will be new to battle—& despite rigorous training, men may fail in the ...
... at camps spread across the United States, they would have nothing in common other than death in the same battle and burial alongside one another.
It was also due to a lack of visual sources on the battle. Robert Capa of Life Magazine waded ashore on Omaha Beach on June 6 and quickly began to snap the ...
... representing their communities in rural Virginia and a past that connected them to Stonewall Jackson and the critical battles of the Confederacy.
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12 Cutoff Elements of the 507th
13 Aftermath and Conclusions
116th Infantry Regiment Losses in Action June 67 1944
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