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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He found a the men eager for action . They had trained and trained for months and wanted to get on with the job that they had been preparing for . Barnes felt that he was far from ready but soon found himself caught up in the routine of ...
By the end of the war the Rotary Club would have over 30 such letters sent to Fairfield men , returned to sender with “ killed in action ” or “ missing in action ” marked on each envelope . Dittmar's death was one of so many tragedies ...
In the years between 1947 and 2004 , the action at Graignes was almost completely forgotten . The men of the 507th and 501st parachute infantry regiments at Graignes had fallen too far away from any of the major centers of action on D ...
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