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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Company A was reduced to tatters during the landing . Stephen Ambrose estimates that 60 percent of the 200 or so men in the company came from Bedford , Virginia , and that “ only a couple of dozen survived , and virtually all of them ...
Sensing that all was not well , Gavin spoke to Captain Robert Rae , whose company from the 507th had taken over principal responsibility for stopping a German threat across the causeway . Rae was ordered to move his force along the ...
See Bulge , Battle of the Astor , Nancy , 29 Atlantic , 2 , 22 Atlantic , Battle of , 14 Atlantic Wall , xviii , 50 , 61–65 Azeville , See Normandy Battalion , 22 , 72 , 90 , 139 ; A Company , 10 , 20 , 31 , 85–89 , 131 ; B Company ...
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