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 the meantime American troops spent their time training and doing their best to relax in a Britain hit by wartime shortages . To try to avoid friction between the troops and their hosts , on their way over on the Queen Mary in 1942 ...
14 15 Just as the U.S. Army had prepared its soldiers for life in Britain , the British government had tried to prepare its citizens for the arrival of American troops . As early as mid - 1941 the British Foreign Office began to ...
MacNeice was , however , adamant that “ any American Negro who comes to Britain must be treated by us on a basis of absolute equality . ” Despite the prevailing attitude in British society that racial bigotry could not be tolerated ...
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