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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This book will explore this level and D - Day through the lives of three particular units . ... This National Guard unit from Virginia , landing as part of the 29th Infantry Division , would live up to its proud history that stretched ...
A violation could be addressed only by counterviolation to regain what amounted to a live - andlet - live system . ... large numbers of prisoners were taken and American GIs were not above risking their lives for men who they identified ...
T / 5 CLAIR J. BLACK , 33364086 ; while under heavy enemy fire , saved lives of many men . Bronze Star , GO 34 , June 27 . PFC CLIFFORD S. CULBREATH , 34812286 ; successfully led men over mine fields without casualties .
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