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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The result was that the men of the 507th began to float to earth across a wide section of the Cotentin Peninsula . Instead of landing on a tight drop zone , well prepared by pathfinders , the paratroopers came down up to 20 miles from ...
In Morison's view it wasn't due to bad luck that the assault squads were faced with different opponents from the ones they had been expecting ; it was a result of Allied failure . This was a word that later few would dare use in writing ...
Some of the assault units found that they received less enemy attention as a result of grass fires , which had been started by the firing . The greater success that those assault units that came ashore at such points had in getting to ...
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