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 water quickly reached our waists , and we shouted to the other boats on our sides . They waved in return . The boat fell away below me , and I squeezed the CO2 tubes in my life belt . Just as I did the buckle broke and it popped ...
Mullins's infantry reached shore at 0830 , picking up weapons from the dead to join in the assault against Les Moulins . ... It had taken Randolph Ginman of Company D four hours to reach the seawall after landing .
Crossing through the swamps under enemy sniper fire , Ostberg and his force reached La Fiere after Levy's forces had occupied Cauquigny . Reporting to General Gavin at La Fiere , Ostberg and his force were ordered to seize the crossing ...
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