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D-Day Veteran Spotlight: Willard “Bud” LaCounte, PFC

We have several WWII veterans traveling with us to Normandy on our 75th Anniversary of D-Day tours. Today we are spotlighting veteran, Willard “Bud” LaCounte, PFC, 118th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, Battery A. Bud will be traveling with Historian Douglas Johnson on the 75th Anniversary: D-Day to the Rhine Tour courtesy of Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours. (Photo: … Read More

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D-Day Veteran Spotlight: Paratrooper George Cross

Photo of WWII paratrooper George Cross

We have several WWII veterans traveling with us to Normandy on our 75th Anniversary of D-Day tours. As we will do in the weeks leading up to D-Day, today we are spotlighting one veteran, George Cross. George, who was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, 505 PIR, C Company. Read More

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Renewed Push for the Gold Medal for the Ghost Army

Ghost Army Troops

With the 75th Anniversary of D-Day just around the corner, this is the perfect time to ask Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor the Ghost Army Gold Medal bill. Rick Beyer, our historian for the Ghost Army Tour and president of the Ghost Army Legacy Project, has worked tirelessly to convince Congress to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Ghost Army and we hope you will help honor these men by mobilizing.  Read More

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A Son Remembers His Dad, A Hero: George Luz

George Luz Jr Event Flyer

For those of you who live near Troy, Michigan, you will want to put June 19 on your calendar. This is when George Luz, Jr. will be giving a presentation about his dad, George Luz, and the experiences of the other men of Easy Company, 506th PIR 101st Airborne Division beginning in August 1942 in Toccoa, Georgia. Read More

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D-Day Veteran Spotlight: Dave Hamilton

Lt. Dave Hamilton and crew before D-Day

We have several WWII veterans traveling with us to Normandy on our 75th Anniversary of D-Day tours. As we will do in the weeks leading up to D-Day, today we are spotlighting one veteran, Dave Hamilton. Dave was a decorated pilot in the Army Air Force and will be traveling with us on the Commemorative Air Force 75th Anniversary of D-Day Tour. Read More

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D-Day 75th Anniversary: A Millennials Guide

D-Day 75th Anniversary A Millennials Guide

We are excited about the release of “D-Day 75th Anniversary – A Millennials Guide.” The new softcover book features 18 contributors and offers fresh perspectives and travel features on the iconic event of WWII for all ages and interest groups. One contributor is our own Senior Historian, Chris Anderson. Chris wrote two chapters for the … Read More

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D-Day Veteran Spotlight: Norwood Thomas

Norwood Thomas WWII paratrooper

We have several WWII veterans traveling with us to Normandy on our 75th Anniversary of D-Day tours. As will we do in the weeks leading up to D-Day, today we will spotlight one veteran, Norwood Thomas, who was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division and fought across Europe with the 101st in the towns of Carentan, Bastogne, Hagenau, and Berchtesgaden. Read More

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Actor Ben Affleck to Make a Movie about the Ghost Army

Ghost Army Troops

We are excited to announce that Ben Affleck will direct and star in a Ghost Army movie based on our historian, Rick Beyer’s book, The Ghost Army of World War II, which he co-wrote with Liz Sayles, and his award-winning PBS documentary The Ghost Army, which he he produced and directed. As noted in Variety... Read More

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6 D-Day Facts You Might Not Know

D-Day Higgins boat and Allied troops landing

With the 75th anniversary of D-Day rapidly approaching, we wanted to share six facts about D-Day you might not know. 1) The Allied forces for Operation Overlord comprised 23 infantry divisions (13 U.S., eight British, two Canadian); 12 armored (five U.S., four British, one each Canadian, French, and Polish); and four airborne (two each U.S. and British)—for a total of 20 American divisions, 14 British, three Canadian, and one each French and Polish. However, the assault forces on 6 June 1944 involved only two U.S., two British, and one Canadian division. Read More

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Pre-order A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy!

A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy book cover

Historian Mark Bielski's upcoming release, A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Fall of New Orleans, 1862, will arrive this fall. The timing perfectly coincides with the preparations for the siege of the South's greatest city, New Orleans. The Union was about to enact their master plan for a massive naval attack from the Gulf of Mexico and the Confederate leadership squabbled over the best way to defend this vital port and economic center as well as control of Mississippi River. Read More

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