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 called for a vision of how to employ infantry regiments , assault engineers , amphibious Duplex Drive ( DD ) Sherman tanks , and other weapons of war : : The first waves would consist of two battalions from the regiments , landing in ...
Specially adapted Sherman medium tanks ( DD ) , which could swim with the addition of a canvas screen and propellers , were supposed to support the landing . However , as the tanks descended the ramps of their landing craft and entered ...
Again the French - built Renault and Hotchkiss tanks of the 91st Division took the lead . The lead tank advanced along the causeway until it reached the tanks burnt out the previous day . It was then hit by a round from the 57 - mm ...
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