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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From June 1 to August 27 , 1942 , police based at the West End Central Station made 296 arrests of prostitutes for soliciting clients.92 British policemen relied heavily on the American military police and navy shore patrols to cope ...
Further tensions with British civilians arose over the use of U.S. military vehicles for : It was widely believed that GIs had ready access to military vehicles for pleasure purposes and many British civilians took exception to this .
Don Glen Reiland , “ An Ancient Paratrooper Recalls D - Day " unpublished MS , U.S. Army Military History Institute , Carlisle , PA . 5. Regimental Unit Study Number 5 : Preliminary Operations Around the La Fiere Bridgehead , Merderet ...
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