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 American 101st and 82nd airborne divisions would cover the western flank
formed by Utah Beach ; and the British 6th Airborne Division would cover Sword
Beach , which formed the eastern flank of the landings . Regiments like the 507th
Chuck knew that many of us wouldn't make it back and that this might be the last
time our original company would be together after several years of living together
through the hardships of airborne training 16 On June 4 ammunition was ...
Jumping in advance of the main body of their regiments , they would mark the
drop zones which had been selected for the two American airborne divisions , the
82nd and 101st , which would be dropped on the Cotentin Peninsula to protect ...
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