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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The Atlantic Wall , a network of fixed positions and extensive beach defenses
designed to prevent an Allied landing and stretching along the length of the
Atlantic coasts of Belgium and France , were the boast of the German newsreels
in 1943 ...
The nature of the terrain beyond Normandy enhanced the chances of a
successful defense of the beachhead in the event of a strong enemy
counterattack . The lack of a sizeable port on the invasion coast would be
alleviated by the use of ...
While the men from the 501st were valuable additions to the defenses of
Graignes , Bogart was too badly injured to play a full combat role . Nevertheless ,
insisting on doing his duty , he set to work operating the telephone exchange ,
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