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 vicinity of St. George de Bohon , on the western shore of the swamp opposite
Graignes . Aided by local French people , they would conduct ambushes against
German forces for several days before retreating northwards towards Carentan .
Two of the Spaniards who had joined the defense of Graignes and a Frenchman
acted as scouts . They also foraged for food from local farms using the French
francs issued to officers as part of their escape equipment . . Vitally , the scouts ...
Two years later , in the presence of the American ambassador to Paris , the
rebuilt tower of the church in Graignes was dedicated as a memorial to the dead .
The main walls of the church were reduced to their lower courses of stone to
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