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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In at least two American airborne units , official sanction was given to a policy of not taking prisoners after the landing . At one briefing for the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment ( 101st Airborne Division ) , troopers were told ...
In one instance , a paratrooper offered to relieve an MP of thirty prisoners . He marched them to a field hidden from observers , lined them up , opened fire with his Tommy gun and annihilated them to a man . But even before there was a ...
The murder of Canadian prisoners of war by the Hitler Jugend SS Division on and after June 7 was the only high - profile case to be prosecuted . In the circumstances of the cold war , many wanted to forget the excesses of the ...
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