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This Man Was Good: Lt. Jimmie Monteith and Opening the Cabourg Draw on D-Day

Lt. Jimmie Monteith

1st Lt. Jimmie Monteith was a young 26 year old Virginian who landed on Omaha Beach in one of the initial assaults on D-Day June 6, 1944. Without regard for his personal safety he led his men with courage and gallantry under intense enemy fire and vicious counter attacks. Military historian Casey Brower tells Monteith’s story about his intrepid leadership and bravery above and beyond the call of duty. Read More

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Guest Tour Memory: Civil War Mississippi River Campaign

Guest Judy Rigler by Civil War cannon

“The Mississippi River Campaign” was the sixth military history tour we have taken with Stephen Ambrose Tours, to include the Civil War, World War I, and World War II tours. We’ve traveled with them to England, Belgium, France, Sicily, Italy, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. We always thought we were not “tour people,” but Ambrose made believers of us with the company’s well-planned historic tours and attention to detail. We quickly learned that Ambrose tours could take us to places we’d never know about on our own, and the historians have all been outstanding. Read More

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Guest Tour Memory: D-Day to the Rhine

We have had many guests who have traveled on a tour with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours tell us that it was a memory of a lifetime. Today, we share guest Ray Gouley's photo and sentiments about his experience on our D-Day to the Rhine Tour. Read More

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The Falklands War 1982

Frigate HMS Broadsword and HMS Hermes Falklands War

General Johnny Rickett gives us a personal retrospective on his experience as an officer in the Falklands War of 1982. In early April of that year Argentina invaded this British overseas territory 8,000 miles from the UK. The ruling Argentine junta claimed sovereignty and felt that Britain would not forcefully intercede. The British prepared a task that arrived in early May and landed on the islands on the 21st. Read More

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History Happy Hour: Churchill Biographer Andrew Roberts

This week on History Happy Hour, co-host historians Chris Anderson in London and Rick Beyer in Chicago talk to the acclaimed military historian and Winston Churchill biographer Andrew Roberts, exactly 80 years from the day that Churchill became Prime Minister of England. Roberts describes that moment—nine months after Britain declared war on Germany—as “civilization’s most testing hour” and Churchill as “the one indispensable figure” of World War II. The New York Times calls Roberts’ 2018 book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, “The best single-volume biography of Churchill yet written.” Read More

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D-Day Tour Memory: A Local Share Recollections of Wartime Belgium

We have had many guests who have traveled on a tour with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours tell us that it was a memory of a lifetime. As we are all armchair travelers for the moment, we have been inviting our guests to share their favorite memory while on one of our tours. Today, Glenn Cunningham transports us to a stand of trees and foxholes, where local  Goenen Mathias shares his recollections of wartime in Belgium. Read More

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Gallant Horses at Little Bighorn

Death of Blue Roan Horse painting

In this article author, historian, television and motion picture consultant John P. Langellier, Ph.D., gives us an overview of the Battle of the Little Bighorn from a different perspective. He discusses the special relationship that mounted warriors had with their horses, especially one No Two Horns who fought there, survived and became an accomplished Hunkpapa Lakota artist. Read More

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History Happy Hour: Faces of Margraten Project

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This week on History Happy Hour, co-host historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer talk to Sebastiaan Vonk one of the founders of the amazing Faces of Margraten project, which is working diligently to provide a face to go with the names of the 8,301 soldiers buried at the USAMBC Netherland American Cemetery in Margraten, as well as the 1,722 names on the walls of the missing. Sebastiaan will talk about this incredibly important project as well as the history of the cemetery and the grave adoption program.  Read More

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History Happy Hour Reading List

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History Happy Hour co-host historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer have put together a list of books that they and their guests have recommended or mentioned on the show. It's a good one, so settle into your favorite easy chair and read on! Read More

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The Home of the Band of Brothers Needs Your Help!

Camp Toccoa

For those of you have traveled with us on our Original Band of Brothers Tour, as well as fans of Stephen Ambrose’s epic book, Band of Brothers and the miniseries of the same name, we wanted to let you that the home of these great American heroes, Currahee Military Museum at Camp Toccoa in Georgia, needs your help. Read More

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We have received calls, emails and Facebook messages from Beyond Band of Brothers customers who cannot reach that company. Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours does not have a legal, business or any other type of arrangement with Beyond Band of Brothers. We are happy to speak with any BBOB guest who has further questions.

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