The Italian Campaign: Dodging Nazis, Bullets and Exploding Shells

American soldiers in Rome during WWII

The action in Italy during WWII was very real and of supreme importance to both the Allied operations in Northern Europe and to the men who had slogged their way up the boot and still had more fighting to do. Despite their heroism and accomplishments, some misperceptions arose.  Read More


The National D-Day Memorial: Must Visit

On June 6th, 1944 United States soldiers, in one of the most pivotal battles of World War II, invaded the French coastline in order to propel German soldiers out of Western Europe and lead the way for victory against the tyrants of that era. Dedicated on June 6th, 2001 by president George W. Bush, the … Read More


Historian Jack Mountcastle Speaks at the National D-Day Memorial

Jack Mountcastle speaking at D-Day Memorial

Historian John (Jack) W. Mountcastle, BG, USA (Retired) was the keynote speaker at the annual gathering on Memorial Day at the National D-Day Memorial located in the small town of Bedford, Virginia. Read the article about this special occasion that was published in The News & Advance. Read More


General Grow: An American Doctor in the Czar’s Army

General Malcolm Grow

This article by our historian Kevin M. Hymel tells the unusual story of Malcolm C. Grow, a 28-year-old Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, physician, who traveled to war-torn Czarist Russia in 1915 and served as a corps surgeon until 1917, as Russian armies tried to push back the German invasion. Read More


History Happenings May: Civil War and WWII

Painting of the Constitutional Convention

In this month's History Happenings, Mark Bielski shares a few events of note that happened during World War II and the American Civil War. As Ralph W. Emerson wrote, “What potent blood hath modest May.”   Read More


Eight Intriguing Items American Ghosts Used to Haunt the Nazis

603rd soldier by inflatable tank destroyer

During WWII, US Army planners set out to create a top-secret unit capable of conning the Germans on the battlefields of Europe. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, aka The Ghost Army, used illusion and trickery to impersonate actual fighting units on or near the front. Here are eight Intriguing Items American Ghosts Used to Haunt the Nazis. Read More


Tribute to Norwood Thomas of the 101st Airborne Division

Norwood Thomas D-Day Paratrooper WWII History magazine cover

Connie Kennedy had the great pleasure of meeting veteran Norwood Thomas when she was a tour manager for Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours in Normandy during the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Norwood was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division and landed in the field at Lafierre Bridge, which is where Connie met him. He have been invited to France at the request of the French Mayor to receive the French Legion of Honor Medal during the D-Day ceremonies. As Connie recalls... Read More


The Times-Picayune Highlights Stephen Ambrose in the 300 Project

Professor Stephen Ambrose

The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans New Orleans, featuring original artwork commissioned by | The Times-Picayune with Where Y'Art gallery. Read More


History Happenings April

British Army in Norway in WWII

“April is the cruelest month” according to T.S. Eliot, but was he also thinking historically? You decide if these events qualify. Here are a few of note that happened during World War II and the American Civil War. Read More


The D-Day Project

Stephen Ambrose on the D-Day Tour

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours' renowned D-Day to the Rhine Tour dates back to the 1970s, from the days when Stephen E. Ambrose was a history professor at the University of New Orleans. Learn how this tour developed and the WWII luminaries who informed its evolution. Read More

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