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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On March 23 the 507th and 508th carried out a night drop that went perfectly to time and to target . Despite this , by the next morning neither regiment had dug in or properly organized for defense . The commanding officers of both ...
Anyway , that night I reported to the MP Station in the Center of Ivybridge and a regular MP and I started our tour of duty at 6pm when the black engineers were coming in for their night on the town . All was going well until around 9pm ...
It is hardly safe to walk on the streets at night even in the company of three or four others . Last night in Torquay a quartet of white soldiers was cornered by fifteen colored and beaten up in the dark .
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