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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As local historian Grace Bradbeer noted : any Slapton and Blackpool Sands , in company with all south - coast beaches , had been shut off to the public ever since the beginning of the war and given protection in case of possible ...
The official army history of the campaign notes the order and hints that oral orders to the same effect were given in other regiments . It does , however , suggest that there is “ no evidence ” that the order was obeyed .
Speech given by Alphonse Voydie , Mayor of Graignes , at the inauguration of the new town of Graignes on June 11 , 1964 , courtesy of Monsieur Mairie D. Small , Graignes , August 2005 . 8. Au Nom de La Liberte , 38 . 9.
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