WWII Veteran Norwood Thomas Recounts His Wartime Romance to The Times

Norwood Thomas article on wartime romance

We recently received a note from Steve Thomas, the son of WWII veteran, Norwood Thomas, about a lovely article that was published about his dad in The Times of London. Norwood was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. He landed near La Fiere Bridge on D-Day and fought across Europe with the 101st in … Read More


Civilians Recall Allied Pre-Invasion Bombings in Normandy

French women greeting Band of Brothers soldiers

Warfare History Network has published historian Kevin Hymel’s article, “Vierville Civilians Recall Allied Pre-Invasion Bombings.” Around 3 AM on June 6, Vierville-sur-Mer locals awoke to the sound of U.S. Liberator bombers preparing the beach for the largest invasion in history. Kevin’s article is an account of the Normandy invasion from the perspective of the people … Read More


Historian Kevin Hymel’s WWII Articles Published

Easy Company member Brad Freeman

Historian Kevin Hymel has had two of his WWII articles published in WWII Quarterly and WWII History magazines. His article in the summer issue of WWII Quarterly is an interview with a flight nurse who flew the wounded from the continent of Europe back to England. Her first mission was a few days after D-Day … Read More


Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours In the News

Tour guests 75th anniversary of D-Day

We are excited to share some of the wonderful articles that have been appearing in the news about the WWII veterans and guests who have traveled with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours on our 75thAnniversary of D-Day, Iwo Jima, and Band of Brothers tours. Every story captures the experience you can have on a tour with … Read More


The Vicksburg Campaign

Battle of Vicksburg

Historian Mark Bielski, who leads the Civil War: Mississippi River Campaign Tour, writes about one of the pivotal Civil War battles fought along the Mighty Mississippi: Vicksburg. The river was the major interstate highway of the nineteenth century America. It was also the strategic focal point of the Civil War. Whoever held the great river would control the continent. Read More


D-Day Veteran George Cross: A Chance to Heal

Journalist Diane Covington-Carter spent some time chatting with D-Day veteran George Cross at Utah Beach. George, who was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, 505 PIR, C Company, parachuted into Normandy 18 miles inside enemy lines on D-Day, traveled with us on one of our 75th Anniversary of D-Day tours. Diane included him in her wonderful … Read More


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


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


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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