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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Along the coast of Europe , from the south of France to the furthest regions of Norway , the German occupation forces defending Hitler's Europe stood waiting for a battle that they knew was inevitable . While the German public was told ...
In practice , however , the veterans of the campaigns in France and Russia knew great deal about fighting , as well as how to motivate the non - Germans pressed into service in the German army . Transport and equipment would , however ...
In just one day we have become oriented ; even we now appear grimy and unshaven , though clean compared with those who landed over two weeks ago German pistols , pocket knives , watches and other souvenirs taken from German soldiers ...
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