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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Allied planners believed in the superiority of the invasion force over its opposition on the beaches . However , they also recognized the professionalism of the German military . Victory would not come easy , and it would be at a price ...
The postponement came on top of a late switch of the division's drop zones to points closer to the invasion beaches . The paratroopers sensed that they would be landing right on top of the enemy , and the struggle to escape from their ...
9 Launching the Invasion Leading the assault on Hitler's Fortress Europe on June 6 would be the paratroop pathfinders . Jumping in advance of the main body of their regiments , they would mark the drop zones which had been selected for ...
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