History Happy Hour

One of the best parts of going on a Stephen Ambrose Historical Tour is crowding into the bar at happy hour to discuss the places you have been and kibbitz over history tidbits.

Each Sunday at 4PM EDT, host-historians Christopher Anderson in London and Rick Beyer in Chicago each grab a cocktail and go live to talk history (and maybe some smack) during History Happy Hour. They welcome fascinating and knowledgeable guests such as authors Andrew Roberts, Joe Balkoski, Lynne Olson, and Hampton Sides for entertaining history discussions. And you get to join the conversation as well with questions and comments.

The bar is open every Sunday at 4 PM ET on the History Happy Hour Facebook page and YouTube channel.

History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.



History Happy Hour Episode 207 – The Big Red One


This week on History Happy Hour:

During WWII, the legendary First Division, “The Big Red One,” fought in North Africa, Sicily, landed on Omaha Beach and drove across Europe and into Germany. It served 443 days in combat, with more than 20,000 casualties.


Chris and Rick will explore the rich history of the division with Gregory Fontenot, author of the new book, No Sacrifice Too Great: The 1st Infantry Division in World War II.   The story of how the men of this division learned how to adapt, improvise and innovate on the job as they took on the Nazis on two continents.


Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, where history is always on tap.












Our Guest:


Gregory Fontenot is a retired Colonel of the US Army. He is currently a consultant on for the Army and a working historian. He was lead author of On Point: The US Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is also the author of The 1st Infantry Division and the US Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970–1991, winner of the 2017 Army Historical Foundation award for Unit History, as well as Loss and Redemption at St. Vith: The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge.















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Upcoming History Happy Hours


July 28, 2024 – Encore Episode 208 – “King Hancock: The Radical Influence of a Moderate Founding Father”

Guests: Brooke Barbier


August 4, 2024 – Episode 209 – “Seabees and Superforts at War — Tinian’s Critical Role in the Ultimate Defeat of Japan”

Guests: Don Farrell



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