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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This final climactic campaign in Europe would involve thousands of American soldiers, a significant proportion of whom would be killed or wounded in action.
Wounded, he played dead until he was eventually brought in and captured by the German troops using the steeple as an observation point.
Of the 25 percent initial casualties, 25 percent would be fatalities, 55 percent wounded, and a further 20 percent gassed. The threat of gas remained a ...
... back from France to hospitals in England, and eight specialized hospital carriers would be available to deal with the more seriously wounded casualties.
It had suffered 787 men killed in action, and 4,783 wounded in action before the armistice on November 11, 1918. It had remained on active service until May ...
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13 Aftermath and Conclusions
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Casualties Recorded on the Graignes Memorial
9 Launching the Invasion
10 The Battle for the Marshes
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