Destination Normandy

Three American Regiments on D-Day

Book Description

  • A cross-section of the American experience on D-Day
  • Unique perspective from the regimental level that also integrates strategic and tactical considerations
  • Stories of largely forgotten acts of valor

    G. H. Bennett collects oral histories from the soldiers of three American regiments and weaves them into an intimate account of the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. Widely scattered during its drop into Normandy, the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment (82nd Airborne Division) stopped the advance of an SS division. The untested 116th Infantry Regiment (29th Infantry Division) landed on bloody Omaha Beach, where it suffered more casualties than any other regiment that day. Meanwhile, the 22nd Infantry Regiment (4th Infantry Division) easily waded ashore on Utah Beach but faced savage fighting as it moved inland.

  • About Bennett, G. H.

    G. H. Bennett is head of humanities at the University of Plymouth. He has written or cowritten eight books, including Hitler's Admirals (978-1-59114-061-0) and Roosevelt's Peacetime Administrations, 1933-41 (978-0-7190-6565-1). He lives in England.