Destination Normandy: Three American Regiments on D-Day by G. H. Bennett

By G. H. Bennett

Bennett collects oral histories from males of 3 usa regiments that participated within the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment used to be the main commonly scattered of the yank parachute infantry regiments to be dropped on D-Day. despite the fact that, the efforts of a hundred and eighty males to forestall the improvement of an SS Panzer Grenadier department principally were neglected outdoors of France. The 116th Infantry Regiment acquired the top variety of casualties on Omaha seashore of any Allied unit on D-Day. Stationed in England via lots of the battle, it have been the butt of jokes whereas different regiments did the combating and loss of life in North Africa and the Mediterranean; that modified on June 6, 1944. And the twenty second Infantry Regiment, a unit that had fought in nearly each crusade waged via the U.S. military for the reason that 1812, got here ashore on Utah seashore fairly simply ahead of getting embroiled in a sequence of savage fights to move the marshland in the back of the seashore and to seize the German heavy batteries to the north.Each participant's tale is woven into the bigger photograph of the attack, permitting Bennett to move past the principally own viewpoints yielded through conventional oral historical past yet fending off the impersonal nature of reports of grand method. as well as the interviews and memoirs Bennett amassed, he additionally came upon clean documentary facts from American, British, and French data that play a massive half in facilitating this new strategy, in addition to data in Britain and France. the writer finds new tales and questions from D-Day, equivalent to the bloodbath of squaddies from the 507th at Graignes, Hemevez, and in other places. This new fabric contains a concentrate on the regimental point, that's all yet overlooked by means of historians, whereas nonetheless protecting strategic, tactical, and human matters. His conclusions spotlight universal misperceptions in regards to the Normandy landings. Questions have already been raised concerning the knowledge of the Anglo-American amphibious doctrine hired on D-Day. during this learn, Bennett keeps to problem the belief that the operation was once an exemplary demonstration of strategic making plans.

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In 1943 the 29th Infantry Division arrived in Devon, spreading itself across the border between Devon and Cornwall with its headquarters at Tavistock to the north of Plymouth. The 116th Infantry Regiment was quartered across West Devon. The First Battalion was based on the outskirts of the small Devon town of Ivybridge, on the very edge of Dartmoor. The main base was Uphill camp on the Exeter road, which could house up to 1,500 men in huts, while officers were based at Stowford House. A fuel depot was based at Wrangaton and, as D-Day approached, some 2,500 additional troops were housed in tents in and around Ivybridge.

The parachute regiments were further distinguished by the fact that they were all volunteers. Their distinctive uniforms, with high brown jump boots, helped the process by which the parachute infantry regiments became elite units. S. Navy before transferring to the army. He volunteered to train as a parachutist and went on to handpick many of the officers who later formed the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. Other regiments formed in the wake of the 501st. The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment was activated at Fort Benning on July 20, 1942, Colonel George Millet Jr.

Roosevelt Presidential Library) At Camp Kilmer further training took place in the use of scramble nets and in combating enemy gas attack. The men were issued new gas masks and sent into gas chambers to test their effectiveness. It underlined the fact that Allied planners expected the Germans to bombard the invasion beaches with gas shells. Each man was given a detailed physical examination and inoculations against various diseases. Chaplains did good business holding services and talking to the men who were preparing themselves for overseas departure and probable combat.

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