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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Allied planners believed in the superiority of the invasion force over its opposition on the beaches . However , they also recognized the professionalism of the German military . Victory would not come easy , and it would be at a price ...
He knew that he was taking a huge gamble with the lives of the men he commanded and possibly with Allied chances of victory in Europe . On the ships , confidence was high despite the postponement . Many were just glad to be away from ...
After the promised Allied breakthrough failed to materialize on June 13-14 , with Germans ever present in the vicinity , and feeding a real problem , the Rigault family decided to evacuate their visitors to Allied lines at Carentan by ...
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