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 were walking along when he asked me what kind of trouble I had gotten into in town . Before I could answer , he said : “ Never mind , I have the report on my desk and it looked like a Sear's catalog . I'll look at it when we get back ...
Medical Report Exercise Fox , March 13 , 1944 , Office of the Surgeon Headquarters of the 29th Infantry Division , R.G. 94 , Entry 6 , U.S. National Archives and Records Administration II , College Park , MD . 12.
Report by Commander , Assault Force U on Operation Neptune , June 26 , 1944 ( Eisenhower Presidential Library , Abilene , KS ) , 7 . 35. Miller , 369 . 36. William S. Boice , “ History of the 22nd United States Infantry in World War II ...
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