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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This move inspired the other troops , and they aided in carrying the enemy positions . Distinguished Service Cross , GO 29 , HQ , First United States Army , June 29 , 1944 . T / 4 ELMER G. SHINDLE , 33494073 ; after the craft in which ...
PFC IRVING W. BENDER , 33133700 ; aided moral and inspired men . Bronze Star , GO 54 , July 17 . PFC ALVIN J. BURKHOLDER , 33153091 ; provided covering fire so that enemy barbed wire could be cut . Bronze Star , GO 54 , July 17 .
T / 5 ROBERT L. NEWMAN , 36713542 ; under fire , aided wounded men . Bronze Star , GO 60 , July 23 . PFC JOSEPH F. DEGREGORIO , 32329545 ; saved wounded men from death or further injury . Bronze Star , GO 60 , July 23 .
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