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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These included men from the 111th Field Artillery Battalion , which was supposed to provide fire support to the 116th Infantry Regiment . Eleven of its 12 howitzers went to the bottom of the channel as their DUKWs foundered or were hit ...
Most tellingly of all , the Germans brought up and positioned artillery at Thieuville . With a direct line of sight over much of Graignes , the artillery played a major role in breaking down the defenses . The church steeple , with its ...
CHAPTER 13 1. Randolph A. Ginman , unpublished memoir . 2. After action report for 111 Field Artillery Battalion , June 1944 in the papers of Lt. Col. David G. MacIntosh III , Richmond Historical Society , MSS UN329a . 3. Lt. Col.
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