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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In 1944 the Exeter Express and Echo reported on the murder of a crippled Colchester taxi driver by a black GI.24 They also reported on the murder following an argument of an American sailor by a GI on a railway station platform .
Brummitt's men were overjoyed to reach the lines of the 2d Armored Division on June 13. Brummitt immediately reported to the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division in Carentan and gave an account of what had happened at Graignes .
Chief Umpire and Major Mullholland , 115th Infantry Regiment , Reports on exercise Duck ( n.d. ) , Adjutant General's papers , R.G. 94 , Entry 427 , U.S. National Archives and Records Administration II , College Park , MD . 19.
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