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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We must open our second front on the continent of Europe this month , & my feeling is that we shall do it within the next few days . There is a general feeling of uneasiness & an intense longing for the end of the war — though no one ...
Preparations for a second front in Western Europe had been underway since 1942 , but by mid - 1944 many civilians wondered , despite the preparations , whether the invasion would ever be launched . The extent to which the generals ...
Most significantly , the men who made up the American spearhead for the invasion of Europe shared a common mind - set . They believed in their country and wished to restore their American values to the European continent .
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