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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One incident to attract widespread public attention came on June 23 , 1943 , when Sergeant Walrond , a West Indian serving as an air gunner in the Royal Air Force , was assaulted by a sergeant in the American army .
But before we really had time to react , their First Sergeant jumped up on one of the tables and started blowing his whistle as loud as he could . As soon as it quieted down a little , he hollered out to all of them , “ Any of you that ...
Sergeant Gorman T. Filoia ( Quartermaster Corps ) to his wife , July 28 , 1944 , Filoia Papers , privately held by author . ... Sergeant J. Robert Slaughter , unpublished MS , MSS2SL155a1 , Richmond Historical Society , Richmond , VA .
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