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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PFC Charles G. Beckwith , 32837592 PFC Frederick L. Bennett , 31013927 PFC Edward B. Berghoff , 33043413 Sgt . John T. Blacknall , 33042558 PFC Albert A. Boucher 31067618 PFC William T. Boyd , 33046968 Pvt . Richard C. Brandtojnes ...
5 George W. Fox , 33046863 Pvt . Charles T. Fletcher , 34736942 Pvt . Barney C. Everett , 35326949 PFC John D. Dorzi , 31067686 PFC Samuel A. DeMaria , 32799369 PFC Earl F. Cundiff , 20363400 Pvt . Francis J. Couch , 32856045 Pvt ...
PFC CHARLES H. CAMPBELL , 33047865 ; aided in assault of beach and fortified positions . Bronze Star , GO 54 , July 17 . Pfs WELFORD D. HUDGINS , 33054233 ; aided in successful initial assault . Bronze Star , GO 54 , July 17 .
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