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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I started to jump out and run , but he pulled me back . Another MP came running
out . I couldn't handle both of them , but I did get a few licks in before they carried
me inside . As I was standing in front of a lieutenant who was filling out ...
No wonder : their Assault Training Center instructor was a brand - new second
Lieutenant who had never been in combat . When the dogfaces started telling
him about their Sicilian and African experiences , the Lieutenant really had to
shut up ...
He decided , instead , to dispatch a force of 10 men under Lieutenant Levy to
gain control of Cauquigny and the western end of the causeway to La Fiere .
Levy's force found Cauquigny empty of the enemy . They did , however ,
encounter a ...
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