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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Traveling by truck convoy from West Devon , the advance guard arrived at the
center on Sunday , September 12. The advance guard would act as assistant
instructors to the Regimental Combat Team , which arrived on Monday ,
September 20 ...
Nevertheless , two of the Eureka sets were operational before the aircraft carrying
the main body of the regiment arrived over the drop zone four miles northwest of
the key route center of St. Mere Eglise , to the West of the Merderet River and its ...
On July 17 , 1944 , in Bedford , Elizabeth Teass , a teletype operator for Western
Union , arrived at the drug store , where her office sat behind the cosmetic
counter . At 0830 she turned on the teletype connecting her to the Western Union
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