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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These were the men who had been part of the spearhead for the landings on Omaha Beach . Many of the men Dows pictured training for D - Day had not lived to see June 7. The multitude of photographs were a reminder of how few visual ...
The different groups of the regiment fought their battles while the 116th and 22nd infantry regiments fought for control of Omaha and Utah beaches . THE 116TH INFANTRY REGIMENT ON OMAHA BEACH On June 6 the 116th Infantry Regiment was ...
33 At the cost of 3,000 American lives , the lessons of Omaha Beach had been learned . THE 22ND INFANTRY REGIMENT ON UTAH BEACH While things were going badly wrong on Omaha Beach things were substantially different to the west on Utah ...
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