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 ...
Before the landings , paratroops would be landed to cover the flanks of the
beachhead . The American ... That meant landing in the dark , which would
inevitably have severe consequences for unit organization and effectiveness .
Originally the ...
landmarks as church steeples by which the coxswain could navigate , the careful
plans for landing soon dissolved . As the official historian of U.S. Naval
Operations in the Second World War put it : Had you been in a helicopter when
day broke ...
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