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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Creek and another paratrooper got down to the riverbank and were able to pull the badly wounded colonel out of the water ... With the paratroopers on the bridge approaches exposed to a growing volume of German fire , their situation was ...
Food was found and prepared for the paratroopers . Wounds were bound and guides were found to help American patrols through the swamp . Headquarters was set up on the hill at Graignes by the café and grocery shop owned by Madame ...
Two German motorcyclists fired their schmeisser machine pistols at the paratroopers , who outmaneuvered the ... a truck carrying German soldiers came down the road towards them , and the paratroops quickly set an improvised ambush .
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