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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Unless we have found some new leaders ... we shall not make a success of our landings— & so far after 5 years of war we have found very few geniuses among our generals . Most of the men who will take part in the fighting will be new to ...
However , in reality , and whether or not one accepts that in some Allied units orders not to take prisoners had been given , a close appraisal of the fighting in Normandy reveals incident after incident of the cold blooded murder of ...
Many of the families and friends of the men involved in the fighting on June 6 would spend several weeks anxiously waiting for information . Some had more reason than others to be nervous : » 3 At her home on Long Island , Mrs. Theodore ...
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