Our Historians: Making History Come Alive

Dutch paratroopers at Arlington National Cemetery

As it was when Dr. Ambrose was leading the D-Day to the Rhine Tour in the 1970s, we have only the most qualified historians lead our historical and WWII tours. Whether it is the history of WWII, the Civil War or Lewis and Clark, our historians are leaders in their field and world-renowned authors. They are also dedicated to making history come alive even when they are not leading tours - giving lectures, being interviewed, writing books, advocating for veterans. Here's a look at what some of our historians are have been up to when not on tour. Read More


History Happenings October: Civil War, WWII, Cold War

British Tommy

Before we jump into events that happened in history in the month of October during WWII, the Civil War and the Cold War, historian Mark Bielski shares some thoughts. “In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.” One of Mark's favorite quotes is by Konrad Adenauer, who was the Chancellor of West Germany (leader of the Christian Democrats) and a Catholic from the Rhineland who strongly distrusted the Russians and Communist Party of East Germany. Read on! Read More


History with Mark Bielski: The Cold War

Our director, Mark Bielski, has just wrapped up a fascinating series on the Cold War on his podcast, History with Mark Bielski. His guests have included John Lindstedt, who was a junior officer serving aboard a nuclear submarine, Reid Senter, a retired U.S. Navy Captain who served in the Mediterranean, and Steve Bourque, who was stationed in western Europe during the Cold War as an enlisted man and later returned as an intelligence officer.  Read More


Operation Market Garden and Dick Winters

Paratroopers landing in Holland WWII

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation of World War II. On 17 September 1944, in broad daylight, the 101st Airborne Division parachuted into Holland in a bold strike in order to seize bridges across rivers and adjacent canals from Belgium to Arnhem. In honor of this hallowed occasion, we would like to share an article that our historian Kevin Hymel wrote on Major Richard “Dick” Winters who led Easy Company in a jump into Holland as part of British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’s Operation Market Garden. Read More


The Battle of Raymond: May 12, 1863

Raymond Battlefield

The significance of the Battle of Raymond greatly outweighs its fame. As part of the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863, the Union victory near this small town, west of Jackson, Mississippi, prompted General Ulysses S. Grant to modify his plans for the capture of Vicksburg and gain control of the Mississippi River. Read More


Start of WWII 80th Anniversary

Warsaw uprising monument in Poland

The first shots of WWII rang out in Gdansk, Poland on September 1st of 1939, the beginning of the greatest war of devastation, death and destruction ever on this planet. Hitler and Nazi Germany had already annexed Austria and marched into Czechoslovakia unopposed. Now they had set their sights on Poland to begin the German dream … Read More


Civil War: War on the Rivers, Rails and Mountains

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Union General William T. Sherman enacted a grand plan in the summer of 1864. He was to begin a campaign that consisted of a series of battles in northern Georgia. His ultimate goal was to destroy the Army of Tennessee and take the Confederate city of Atlanta. This would also sever supply lines that were vital to the Confederate war effort. While Sherman was not successful in destroying the Confederate army he faced, he did capture Atlanta that September. Other than the military achievement, it had a dual effect. Read More


Love Blossoms on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Tour

We are thrilled to share the happy news that two of our guests got engaged while traveling on our 75th Anniversary of D-Day to the Rhine Tour! Shawn Morris used the occasion to ask Amanda Fonferek to marry him on their 9th anniversary of dating. We reached out to Shawn and Amanda to see if they would be willing to share the details with us and they graciously agreed to do so. Today, we share their sweet story with you. Read More


Ghost Army Gold Medal: Rallying the SAHT Troops for the Troops!

Ghost Army battalion tank

We are excited to announce historian Rick Beyer's upcoming webinar about how you can personally help the unsung heroes of the Ghost Army of WWII be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Fewer than 20 of the soldiers who served in the Ghost Army are left. Now we need you help to honor these unsung heroes by mobilizing. Every voice, including yours, must be heard. But how to go about it? Read More


Historian Kevin Hymel Narrates Video on Carentan for WW2TV

Carentan film WW2TV

We're excited to announce that our Historian Kevin Hymel has narrated a video, “101st Airborne - Attack on Carentan,” for WW2TV, a new YouTube Channel which launched on August 1, 2019. This film is based on one of Kevin’s articles that was published on Warfare History Network and explains the taking of Carentan on June 12th 1944 by the 101st Airborne Division, focusing on the role of E/506th PIR. Read More

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