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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

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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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Interview with historian Rick Beyer on Top Secret WWII Ghost Army

Ghost Army Troops

This Q&A with historian Rick Beyer about the fascinating 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as The Ghost Army of WWII, was originally published in Unbeige. The magazine takes “a colorful look at art, design, and visual culture,” oddly a good fit for an interview about this top secret U.S. Army unit that had a surprising number of the artists serving, including fashion designer, Bill Blass, and Ellsworth Kelly, a celebrated minimalist painter. Read More

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Easter During World War II

Easter eggs for Hitler bombs WWII

On Easter during WWII, African American soldiers painted Easter eggs for Hitler on bombs, soldiers attended a makeshift mass on the Italian front and the Battle of Okinawa began. Read More

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History Happenings March

Pirate Anne Bonny

There have been many historical occurrences in March on either side of the Ides over the centuries. Perhaps the mid-month assassination of Julius Caesar is the most famous event, but here are a few others of note that happened during the 20th century around the world, 18th century Ireland, the American Civil War, and WWII. … Read More

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Driant: Fighting on the Face of the Moon

Bombing Fort Driant in WWII

First published on Warfare History Network, the article “Driant: Fighting on the Face of the Moon” by our historian Kevin M. Hymel, recounts the grueling battle for Fort Driant, which proved a formidable task that stymied the U.S. Third Army at Metz during WWII. Read More

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Historian Kevin Hymel discusses Operation COBRA on Veterans Radio

St. Lo Operation COBRA map

Historian Kevin Hymel recently joined host Bob Gould on Veterans Radio for a lively discussion of Operation COBRA, the breakthrough of the Normandy beachhead. Months after D-Day, the Americans used strategic bombers to punch a hole in the German line west of St. Lo. Allied commanders such as Generals George S. Patton, Jr. and Omar … Read More

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Hear Mark Bielski Speak About D-Day at SELU

Operation Fortitude map

Live in Louisiana? Historian Mark Bielski will be speaking on “The D-Day Invasion June 1944” at Southeast Louisiana University on Thursday, February 22 at 1pm at the Student Union Theater, part of “The Louisiana and World War II Lecture Series 2017-2018.” D-Day began the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany. Where and when to … Read More

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History Happenings February: Civil War, WWII

President of Confederacy Jefferson David

Despite being the shortest month of the year, February has an historical highlight list that rivals any other time of the year. It seems that this time of transition from mid-winter into the hopeful days that lead to spring signals to the fates that it is time to move and make something happen. Read More

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