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


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


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


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


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


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


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


History Happenings March: American Revolution, Civil War, WWII

Depiction of Montcalm and British in Battle at Fort William Henry

The expression that March comes in “like a lion” and goes out “like a lamb” may depend upon where one lives and the situation at the time. For George Washington in 1777, he may have felt threatened by a lion or even pursued by a pack of wolves. Similarly, any Irish conscripts in the British Army in the French and Indian War had a rough St. Patrick’s day at Fort William Henry ten years earlier. This month’s History Happenings take place during March. Our historian Mark Bielski covers historical events from the American Revolution to the Civil War and WWII. Read More


Support the Camp Toccoa at Currahee Project

Band of Brothers soldiers

For those of you have traveled or will be traveling with us on our Band of Brothers Tour, as well as fans of Easy Company, we are delighted to let you know that you can help preserve the Legacy of Leadership of these great American heroes who trained on this mountain by supporting the Camp Toccoa at Currahee Project. Read More


An Invitation from Historian Jack Mountcastle

Civil War Hallowed Ground tour guests at Gettysburg

I am delighted to be leading the Civil War: This Hallowed Ground Tour this June 22 - 30 and I'd liked to personally invite you to join me on this week-long adventure. We will visit a wonderful selection of historic places where 19th Century Americans struggled to decide whether our country would remain intact or split asunder. Some of the most fruitful sources of information we explore are the personal experiences recorded by Civil War participants in journals, in letters, and in oral histories. Their first-person accounts bring our Civil War history to life and we are able to see how soldiers and their families, doctors and nurses, and townspeople as well as commanders on both sides were affected by the campaigns in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.  Read More

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