Destination Normandy: Three American Regiments on D-Day
Praeger Security International, 2007 - World War, 1939-1945 - 222 pages
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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... Assault Training Center , Woolacombe Men of 116th Infantry Regiment practicing disembarkation from ship , Assault Training Center , Woolacombe Men of 116th Infantry Regiment practicing disembarkation from landing craft , Assault ...
The U.S. Army invested heavily in the Assault Training Center and the assault doctrine it helped to develop for the invasion of France . However , even before June 1944 there were signs that all might not go according to a highly ...
A 116th Infantry Regiment , interview by Robert A. Rowe , Robert A. Rowe Papers , U.S. Army Center for Military History , Carlisle PA . 10. Morison , 120 . 11. Interview with John Barnes at Eisenhower Center , New Orleans ...
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