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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Miller’s Luck: The Sloane Court Bombing in London During WWII

Sloane Court bombing clean up

Today, we share the latest dispatch from Senior Historian Chris Anderson’s blog, History Hikes. Walking through London recently, Chris came upon a plaque dedicated to one of the little known stories of WWII: the Sloane Court Bombing in London, the largest one-day loss suffered by US personnel in London during the war. Lest we forget, Chris shares the story of this horrific moment in WWII history, one that includes Major Glenn Miller, the bandleader and commander of the 418th Army Air Forces band who was stationed along Sloane Court in the first week of July 1944. Read More

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An Overlooked Anniversary: The Birth of the United Nations

President Truman and Secretary of State Byrnes

Today, we share his latest dispatch from Senior Historian Chris Anderson's blog, History Hikes,  on the birth of the United Nations. As President Dwight D. Eisenhower remarked, “With all the defects, with all the failures that we can check up against it, the U.N. still represents man’s best-organized hope to substitute the conference table for the battlefield.” And it is for that reason, if no other, that 75-years on we should remember the birth of the United Nations as one of the most important anniversaries to commemorate. Read More

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National Museum of the United States Army is Open!

National Museum of US Army helicopter display

We are excited to announce that the new National Museum of the United States Army has opened after four decades of planning. The museum tells the story of an organization through time, with a focus on the story of the men and women who make up that organization: the Individual Soldier. Read the inside scoop on the new museum from historian Erik Flint, a veteran of 30 years in uniform and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Read More

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Remembrance of Easy Company Veteran Bill Wingett

Bill Wingett Easy Company veteran

We were saddened to learn the news of the passing of our friend, Easy Company veteran Bill Wingett, who we were honored to have travel with us on our Band of Brothers Tour. In his honor, Senior Historian Chris Anderson shares a beautiful and personal remembrance of Bill. Read More

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