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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List of Illustrations 11 12 18 19 21 51 52 53 54 Men of 29th Rangers washing on Dartmoor 29th Rangers making coffee on Dartmoor , July 1943 116th Infantry Regiment Assault Training , Dartmoor , 1943 Open - air haircut for soldier of the ...
and the enemy fire causing numerous casualties and considerable disorganization , exposed himself to fire , reorganized his platoon and led a successful assault on enemy positions . Distinguished Service Cross , GO 29 , HQ , First ...
Sgt . HOWARD W. ROGERS , 33047696 ; separated from his own unit soon after landing with the first wave of troops in initial assault on coast of France , he found himself in a group of soldiers also separated from their units .
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