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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There were aircraft flying overhead , machine gun fire , mortars going off , smoke screens and landing craft of all sizes coming ashore in mock invasion most days with tanks and half - tracks moving about the sands and hinterland behind ...
Those troops whose landing craft succumbed to the sea or enemy fire short of the beach found themselves in a particularly difficult position . The subsequent waves of landing craft would pass men desperately trying to keep their heads ...
T / 4 ELMER G. SHINDLE , 33494073 ; after the craft in which he came ashore in initial assault on coast of France had received a direct shell hit and had sunk , T / 4 Shindle , as he swam ashore , aided others .
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