History Happy Hour: What 5 History Books Would You Take to a Desert Island?

history happy hour

This Sunday at 4pm EDT, historians Christopher Anderson and Rick Beyer will be back with another History Happy Hour, a livestream on the Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours Facebook page. It is our wee bit of cabin-fever relief. This time the topic is one suggested by viewer Barbara Lark Held: What 5 history-related books would you take with you to a desert island? Read More


Tinian and The Bomb

Tinian airstrip

Tinian and The Bomb by our historian Don A. Farrell chronicles the important and often overlooked role Tinian in the Mariana Islands played in the atomic bombing of Japan at the end of World War II. As part of the Manhattan Project, Project Alberta and Operation Centerboard, Tinian was integral in the plan to drop atomic bombs on Japan. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 3, “Building Manhattan West.” Read More


History Happy Hour: Stories From D-Day

Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer

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 about various history topics. This Sunday at 4pm EDT, historians Christopher Anderson and Rick Beyer will go live to talk history (and maybe some smack) during History Happy Hour, a livestream on our Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours Facebook page. Read More


History Happenings: Women’s History Month

Capture of Joan of Arc

Since this month’s History Happenings take place during March, Women’s History Month, we are honoring the women who have had great accomplishments and made a difference. Our historian Mark Bielski covers great women in history from Medieval times through the American War of Independence, the Civil War and 20th Century. Read More


WWII Veteran Dr. Stephen J. Weiss Passes Away

Dr. Stephen Weiss

We are saddened to share the news that WWII veteran Dr. Stephen J. Weiss has passed away. We had the great honor of having Dr. Weiss travel with us for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Dr. Weiss served as a first scout in an 36th Infantry Division infantry rifle squad in Italy, France, and Germany during WWII. He landed on D-Day in Southern France. Listed as Missing In Action in France, he served with the French Resistance and an OSS Operational Group behind enemy lines. Read More


New Book on the War in the Pacific: Unknown Valor

Unknown Valor book

We are excited to announce the book launch for Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima. The book was written by Martha MacCallum, a news anchor for Fox News, with our chief historian Ronald J. Drez. We'd like to congratulate Martha and Ron on this important new work which is already #1 on Amazon! Read More


Ghost Army Exhibit Opening Night at The National WWII Museum

Ghost Army Troops

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is unveiling a major new Ghost Army exhibit on March 5, 2020. It is entitled “Ghost Army: The Combat Con Artists of World War II,” and it will be in the museum's brand new Hall of Democracy building. Our historian for the Ghost Army Tour, author and filmmaker Rick Beyer has been working with curator James Linn and his team on this exhibit, and he is very excited about what's in store. Read More


History Happenings Mid-Winter: WWII, Civil War, Medieval

Finnish soldiers with machine gun during Winter War

This month’s History Happenings take place during mid-winter. Historian Mark Bielski covers historical events from Medieval times to the American Civil War and WWII. World War II In 1940 at the end of January, the Finnish Army was preparing for a major onslaught by the Soviet Red Army. Earlier in the month, the Finns had … Read More


Share Your Story of Living Through WWII With The New York Times

Sugar rationing during WWII

We were excited to read in the At War column in The New York Times that they are looking for people who lived through World War II to share their experiences. Their stories will be included in a variety of coverage   throughout the year to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. Learn more about the project. Read More

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