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D-Day Hero Thomas Meehan’s Letters

Thomas Meehan III Easy Company

Watch Stephen Ambrose read the letters that Thomas Meehan's III, an officer with Easy Company, wrote to his wife before he died on D-Day. You can also read the letters that he wrote to his wife and learn more about this D-Day hero. Read More

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History Happenings August: WWII, Civil War

Anti-aircraft during Siege of Leningrad

In History Happenings for August we cover World War II and the American Civil War, including the Seige of Leningrad and a raid by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. But first a quote from author Rick Bragg, who hails from the South, about this hot and steamy month. Read More

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History with Mark Bielski: Upcoming Fall Podcasts

This fall, historian and director Mark Bielski will be interviewing some fascinating guests for his History with Mark Bielski Podcast. From legendary football coach Vince Dooley to an onsite visit with the curator of the Dr. Samuel Mudd House and Museum, you won’t want to miss these episodes. Read More

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Tinian and the Bomb

Enola Gay crews in front of B-29

Our superb Pacific Historian, Don Farrell’s new book, Tinian and The Bomb, 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. Read More

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Webinar: The Quest for Decisive Battle in the Civil War

Battle at Gettysburg

Register now for historian Gerry Prokopowicz's upcoming webinar, ”Waterloo in Pennsylvania? The Quest for Decisive Battle in the Civil War." Gerry will cover the familiar explanations for outcomes of famous Civil War battles like Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg—and why these explanations fail to hold up in the face of more recent evidence and analysis. Read More

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History Happenings July: Neil Armstrong, WWII, Civil War

Neil Armstrong on the moon

Since it is mid-summer, in this month's History Happenings, we thought we would start with some lighter items and save the history heavy-lifting for a few paragraphs later. From National Drive-Thru Day to the famous von Stauffenberg plot to kill the Fuhrer to the story behind Stonewall Jackson's moniker, you will find that July is an interesting month for history. Read More

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Senior Historian Christopher J. Anderson Honored by Active Duty 506th

Chris Anderson receiving HMOR honor

At a May 24, 2018, ceremony capping off the active duty 101st Airborne Division’s “Week of Eagles” festivities, Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours Senior Historian Christopher J. Anderson was recognized by the current 506th Infantry Regiment by being made an HMOR (Honorary Member of the Regiment). Read More

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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

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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

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