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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It is probable that at least 30 Americans were killed at the Assault Training Center
during its short life . Training accidents would happen elsewhere across the
southwest of England . No authoritative or even approximate figure can be ...
Captain Shilling was hit and killed instantly by the steel door . The whole front of
the LC was knocked off , and the other door hit our platoon sergeant and knocked
his left eye out . I jumped into the water and the LC washed right over me , and ...
23 whose crew had been killed , left the town with a group of about 20 men . “
Other officers led similar sized parties out of the town and into the marsh . These
groups coalesced into a party of some 75 men under Brummitt's command .
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