Destination Normandy: Three American Regiments on D-Day
Praeger Security International, 2007 - World War, 1939-1945 - 222 pages
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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Pillboxes within strong points are linked up by highly developed trench systems , sometimes running underground . Beyond the beachhead , German mobile forces lay in readiness to respond to any attack , but such was the nature of the ...
He decided , instead , to dispatch a force of 10 men under Lieutenant Levy to gain control of Cauquigny and the western end of ... the forces at Cauquigny , as 39 men from the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment marched into the village .
The German air force had made what amounted to little more than a token effort to oppose the invasion force . Similarly , the efforts of the German ... Only German land forces had achieved any real success in opposing Allied ambitions .
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