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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To the east , British and Canadian forces similarly trained for the invasion that they would spearhead , with the British landing on two beaches in Normandy , the Americans two , and the Canadians one . In the meantime American troops ...
As memorandums flowed back and forth in the higher levels of British government , the implicit racism of the upper levels of British society was very evident . A paper by the Home Secretary in October 1942 did not pull its punches .
However , a British newspaper , the Sunday Pictorial , got hold of the story and published it under banner headlines that read “ What are we Going to do About This — This Man was a Hero — He died that the Empire Might Live .
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