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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1 1943 the British and Americans were comparing their estimates on the number and nature of the casualties that they would face in the opening phases of the campaign . American planners envisaged that on D - Day , 13.33 percent of ...
The provision of sufficient hospital beds to support the American presence and to cater for the eventual flow of casualties resulting from the invasion was an even greater headache . The provision of base facilities placed heavy demands ...
For example , during Exercise Fox at Slapton , the 53rd Medical Battalion dealt with 15 real casualties , including two dead , two wounded , four injured , five sick and two gassed as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning .
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