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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Tanks would support the advance and attacks on strongpoints . This was no easy task as the flooding of the rear areas limited the scope for flanking attacks . . The first and second battalions landed some 210 minutes after the Third ...
Rae was ordered to move his force along the causeway towards Cauquigny if the advance of the 325th stalled . After two days of heavy combat , Rae knew only too well the difficulties that they would face in crossing the causeway .
Sgt . MELVIN H. FIREDMAN , 32335527 ; secured valuable information from the enemy and wiped out a sniper who was holding up the advance . Bronze Star , GO 47 , July 10 . Sgt . HARRY MAYES , 33009783 ; maintained communications with ...
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