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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S.Sgt . John ( NMI ) Holmes , 16016683 Tec.5 Frederick W. Hopping , 32301157 Pvt . Earl ( NMI ) Howe , 38263432 Pvt . Ralph H. Hubbard , 33048029 Pvt . John N. Hughes , 33479093 Pvt . Wesley J. Husted , Jr. , 33761825 Cpl . William R.
PFC John E. Wise , 33266626 PFC Anthony J. Wlodarek , 35539457 S.Sgt . Daniel P. Womack , 20363908 Cpl . Atlas E. Wright , 33043419 S.Sgt . James L. Wright , 20364229 Sgt . Grant C. Yopp , 20363698 Pvt . Willie E. Young , 34737057 PFC ...
S.Sgt . HENRY C. JOHNSON , 33047954 ; kept his platoon well - organized and , as a result , minimized casualties . Bronze Star , GO 47 , July 10 . S.Sgt . JOHN F PORTER , 32300271 ; displayed superior courage against enemy in the ...
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