The 1942 Dieppe Raid and its influence on D-Day

Royal Navy during Dieppe raid

Was the Allied disastrous raid at Dieppe on the northeastern coast of Normandy in August 1942 an important learning experience that set the stage for a successful D-Day invasion two years later? Historian Jonathan Carroll examines the planning, decisions and the actions as well as the resulting debates and explanations of Operation Jubilee and its failure. Read More


Guest Memory: Iwo Jima Tour: War in the Pacific

Raising American flag at American Memorial Park

There are so many highlights of the trip my wife, Linda, and I took on the 2016 Iwo Jima: War in the Pacific Tour that it is hard to pick a favorite. My choice, however, would have to be the chance to honor my uncle, Cpl. Everett M. “Rusty” Lettow, a member of the 3rd … Read More


The Dunkirk Evacuation Myths

Troops on beach at Dunkirk

Historians are often insistent on amending imprecise accounts and replacing mythologized events with substantiated facts. Professional and amateur historians emphasize that in the study of history, the people and events are sufficiently interesting to not require amplification, especially if the result is inaccuracy. In that vein, Matt Broggie takes on the well-known WWII story of the evacuation of Dunkirk and corrects some common myths and misperceptions. Read More


Guest Tour Memory: Lewis and Clark

Lewis and Clark Mural at Whitehall, Montana

I have travelled from Australia for three Stephen Ambrose Tours and loved them all. The one that stands out for me was the Lewis and Clark Tour of Discovery in 2017 which far exceeded my expectations. Travelling through Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon States visiting most of the significant sites on Lewis and Clark’s epic journey will stay with me forever. Read More


Historian Chris Anderson Reporting From London

Marylebone Station London

Our senior historian, Chris Anderson, is our man in London. He's been taking a few snaps during his allotted hour of exercise out and about during the pandemic lockdown. This past weekend he got to Marylebone Station with his wife and daughter. It was from here that Churchill began his journey to meet with President Roosevelt for the first time since becoming prime minister. Read More


Guest Tour Memory: D-Day to the Rhine

WWII veterans and D-Day tour guest

In the fall of 2015, my son, Rowan, and I joined a D-Day to the Rhine tour led by Ron Drez. I have been interested in WWII for my entire life. I was fortunate to have a mother who indulged my interest in military history, even though it wasn’t considered a “girl” thing in that time period. When my son started showing a similar interest while he was quite young, I promised him if I ever had the money, he and I would go on a WWII history tour. Read More


This Man Was Good: Lt. Jimmie Monteith and Opening the Cabourg Draw on D-Day

Lt. Jimmie Monteith

1st Lt. Jimmie Monteith was a young 26 year old Virginian who landed on Omaha Beach in one of the initial assaults on D-Day June 6, 1944. Without regard for his personal safety he led his men with courage and gallantry under intense enemy fire and vicious counter attacks. Military historian Casey Brower tells Monteith’s story about his intrepid leadership and bravery above and beyond the call of duty. Read More


Guest Tour Memory: Civil War Mississippi River Campaign

Guest Judy Rigler by Civil War cannon

“The Mississippi River Campaign” was the sixth military history tour we have taken with Stephen Ambrose Tours, to include the Civil War, World War I, and World War II tours. We’ve traveled with them to England, Belgium, France, Sicily, Italy, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. We always thought we were not “tour people,” but Ambrose made believers of us with the company’s well-planned historic tours and attention to detail. We quickly learned that Ambrose tours could take us to places we’d never know about on our own, and the historians have all been outstanding. Read More


Guest Tour Memory: D-Day to the Rhine

D-Day tour group

We have had many guests who have traveled on a tour with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours tell us that it was a memory of a lifetime. Today, we share guest Ray Gouley's photo and sentiments about his experience on our D-Day to the Rhine Tour. Read More


The Falklands War 1982

Frigate HMS Broadsword and HMS Hermes Falklands War

General Johnny Rickett gives us a personal retrospective on his experience as an officer in the Falklands War of 1982. In early April of that year Argentina invaded this British overseas territory 8,000 miles from the UK. The ruling Argentine junta claimed sovereignty and felt that Britain would not forcefully intercede. The British prepared a task that arrived in early May and landed on the islands on the 21st. Read More


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