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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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 ...
In practice , however , the troops were carrying such a weight of equipment that once in deep water they had to abandon most of it in order to give their preservers a chance to do their job . PFC John Barnes of A Company was a ...
Although seven of the landing craft carrying the first wave of the 4th Infantry Division were lost on the run into the beach , opposing fire was mercifully light . Some 865 vessels in twelve convoys from nine different sortie points had ...
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