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 194 – British Airborne in World War II


This week on History Happy Hour: The legendary ‘Red Devils’, British Airborne troops, were created at Winston Churchill’s instigation in June 1940. They started with just 500 men and grew into three 10,000-strong airborne divisions.


British military historian Saul David returns to History Happy Hour to talk about his new book Sky Warriors: British Airborne Forces in the Second World War. We’ll talk about their role in iconic operations such as Pegasus Bridge, Arnhem Bridge, and Operation Varsity, the biggest parachute drop of World War II.


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













Our Guest:


Photo Credit: Stéphane Cojot-Goldberg

Saul David is a professor military history at the University of Buckingham, and the author of numerous history books.  He was on History Happy Hour in 2020 to talk about his Okinawa book, Crucible of Hell.  Other titles include The Indian Mutiny, 1857, Operation Thunderbolt, and The Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII’’s Mission Impossible.  He has also written three bestselling historical novels, Zulu Hart, Hart of Empire and, The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders.  He has appeared in numerous documentaries in the UK. 













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Upcoming History Happy Hours


April 28, 2024 – Episode 195 – “Power and Glory: Elizabeth II and the Rebirth of Royalty”

Guests: Alexander Larman





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