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


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


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


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


Tour Memory: Meeting Easy Company Veteran Bill Wingett

Tour guests with vet Bill Wingett at Zell am See

We are delighted to share this wonderful tour memory from Wayne Frye about meeting Easy Company veteran Bill Wingett while traveling on the Band of Brothers tour. As you will read, Wayne was honored to develop a friendship with Bill, who recently passed away. Read More


Historian Chris Anderson’s WWI Reading List

1914 book by Lyn MacDonald

Senior Historian Chris Anderson leads our WWI: War to End All Wars Tour. Chris has spent considerable time researching and studying the First World War. After college, he moved to the UK for a year to interview British veterans of the Great War. Later as assistant curator at the Historical Society of the Militia and National Guard, he was able to interview many surviving American Doughboys. Chris often gets asked by guests about what books to read before going on the WWI tour. Here is an informal list he updates as he reads new books. Read More


WWII: Gallantry Comes in Many Forms

St. Paul's Cathedral WWII

War changed in the 20th Century. With civilians as much a target as anyone else, what it meant to be a combatant changed as well. Senior Historian Chris Anderson’s most recent History Hikes post, a race-with-death story about the Royal Engineers who defused a bomb under St. Paul’s Cathedral during WWII, illustrates just how true this statement is. Read More


Happy 80th PL 76: The Selective Service Act of 1940

FDR signing the Selective Service Act

Senior Historian Chris Anderson's latest History Hikes blog post, recognizes the 80th anniversary of the Selective Service Act of 1940, the peacetime draft. Also known as the Burke–Wadsworth Act, Pub.L. 76–783, America was in a post-WWI period of isolationism, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the act into law, a response to rising fascism and totalitarianism in Italy, Japan and Germany. Read More


Historian Kevin Hymel Appears in Video on Operation Market Garden on 76th Anniversary

Operation Market Garden video

On the 76th anniversary of the start of Operation Market Garden, we’d like to share a video that Historian Kevin Hymel recently appeared in on WW2TV, “First Boots into the Netherlands.” A week before Operation Market Garden, the American 30th Division fought for the Dutch town of Noorbeek. It then became the first part of the Netherlands liberated. In “First Boots into the Netherlands,” Kevin discusses the Rhine Rat Race battles with local historian and battlefield guide Frank Gubbels, who is on the ground the Netherlands for this historic occasion. Read More


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