Five Things About A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy

A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy book cover

Historian Mark Bielski’s new book, A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Fall of New Orleans, 1862, has just been released! It is the latest in the Emerging Civil War Series by publisher Savas Beatie. In writing A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy, Mark was excited to be able to delve into the way each side handled or mishandled the defense or capture of New Orleans in this important chapter of Civil War history. But his research added another layer to this narrative. Here are five interesting things that he discovered while writing his new book. Read More


Historian Chris Anderson Receives Award for D-Day Guidebook

D-Day 75th Anniversary A Millennials Guide

We are excited to announce that Senior Historian Chris Anderson has received a 2020 IPPY Silver Award, Travel - Guidebook category, as a contributing writer in the “D-Day 75th Anniversary – A Millennials Guide.” The book features 18 contributors and offers fresh perspectives and travel features on the iconic event of WWII for all ages and interest groups. Chris wrote two chapters for the book, “Indispensable Allies in Operation Overlord” and “In the Footsteps of Heroes: Touring Dick Winter’s Day of Days.” Read More


Warriors and Soldiers, Friends and Allies

Field of Remembrance American plot

Senior Historian Chris Anderson, our man in London, has relaunched his blog, History Hikes. History Hikes chronicles his visits to these places and the fascinating people he meets along the way. Today, we share his latest dispatch from Westminster Abbey, where he happened upon the annual Field of Remembrance for unknown soldiers that led to several serendipitous moments, a wonderful few days of research and some terrific new discoveries. Read More


2021 Tours Update: Looking Forward to Traveling

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours display

We are optimistic that with the rollout of several vaccines for COVID-19 that we will be able to resume our historical tours in 2021. In anticipation, we have new dates for several tours, including: Crazy Horse & Custer, Battle of Britain, Lewis & Clark and France 300. Please see our Tours by Date page on the website for details. For the rest of our WWII and Civil War tours... Read More


No Backlog Could Defeat This All-Black, All-Female Unit

6888th Battalion parade

Historian Kevin Hymel has written several articles on the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only all-female, all-black unit to serve overseas during World War II. Deloris Ruddock was one of the five surviving members of that battalion who attended the dedication of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion monument at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in December 2018. Kevin, who also attended, had the pleasure of speaking with her about her WWII experiences. We are honored to share Kevin's latest article about this remarkable woman and unit that was published in ARMY magazine in January 2021. Read More


Historian Don Farrell’s Book, Atomic Bomb Island, Now Available

Atomic Bomb Island book cover

Our outstanding Pacific historian, Don Farrell’s book "Tinian and The Bomb," which was published in 2018, is a detailed story about the important and often overlooked role Tinian played in the Pacific Theatre of WWII—especially regarding the atom bomb and ending the war with Japan. Tinian, a small island in the Marianas, was an integral part of the Manhattan Project and associated operations that dealt with the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. Stackpole Books picked up "Tinian and the Bomb" and have recently reissued it under the title, "Atomic Bomb Island." It is sure to become the standard reference for the subject. Read More


Remembrance of D-Day Veteran Norwood Thomas

Norwood Thomas WWII paratrooper

We were deeply saddened to learn that D-Day veteran Norwood Thomas passed away on January 24. Norwood was one of several WWII veterans that traveled with us to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Connie Kennedy wrote a wonderful article, “Fighting Across Europe with the 101st Airborne,” about Norwood’s remarkable story of war, service, and home life in WWII History magazine. We hope you will read her article as a remembrance of this remarkable man and our dear friend. Read More


Remembrance of Ghost Army Veteran Gazo Nemeth

WWII veteran Gazo Nemeth

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of a Ghost Army veteran who many people came to know and appreciate over the last few years. Gazo Nemeth passed away on Christmas Day at age 98. He served in the Signal Company Special, the radio deception arm of the Ghost Army. We'd like to share this wonderful tribute that Ghost Army Historian, Rick Beyer wrote about Gazo. Read More


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