Tag: d-day

An American Sergeant at Brest: Caught in the Crosshairs

The article “An American Sergeant at Brest: Caught in the Crosshairs” by our historian Kevin M. Hymel, recounts Sergeant Mortimer Sheffloe’s WWII experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944, including Operation Cobra and being shot by a German sniper near Brest.

From Paratrooper to POW: Bob Nobles of the 82nd Airborne

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the legendary 82nd Airborne Division, we’d like to share our historian Kevin M. Hymel’s article, “From Paratrooper to POW: Bob Nobles of the 82nd Airborne,” which was published in WWII Quarterly on April 28, 2017.

Watch Historian Kevin Hymel’s D-Day Webinar!

We would like to thank everyone who signed up for historian Kevin Hymel’s D-Day webinar, “Cracking the Vierville Draw at Omaha Beach.” Many of you asked if we were going to post the webinar. We are excited to let you know that you can now view it on the Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours YouTube channel.

Memories of D-Day From the Men Who Fought

Occasionally, when we are enmeshed in historical discussions about the D-Day invasions, we tend to gloss over the most important part of the Allied war machine that led us to victory in Europe in WWII: the soldiers who made it happen. To remember the heroic deeds of those men, we would like to share some …

D-Day Facts and Stats

D-Day, also called “Operation Overlord,” is the name given to the landing of 160,000 Allied troops in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.    “D-Day” most likely comes from the army’s use of the term “undefined day,” or the first day of any operation.   American General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the invasion.   D-Day …

Register for Our D-Day Webinar!

We are excited to announce that our historian Kevin Hymel will be hosting a D-Day webinar on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 12:30ET. In the webinar, D-Day: Cracking the Vierville Draw at Omaha Beach, you will learn about the powerful German defense as well as the Americans’ plans to defeat them. Register now!

History Happenings: This Month in WWII, WWI and Civil War History

As Stephen Ambrose said, “The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.” In this spirit, director and historian Mark Bielski shares some interesting history happenings that occurred in the month of May during WWII, WWI and the Civil War.

A Navy Beachmaster on Omaha Beach

Historian Kevin M. Hymel’s article, “Last Man In Hell: A Navy Beachmaster on Omaha Beach,” originally appeared in WWII Magazine and was posted on Warfare History Network on January 23, 2017. It is a gripping account of Beachmaster Robert L. Watson’s experience on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion.

Utah Beach Museum: Commemorating the D-Day Landings

This article, “Commemorating the D-Day Landings,” by our historian Kevin Hymel, first appeared in Naval History in 2014. Kevin, who is the historian for the United States Air Force Chaplain Corps, leads D-Day tours for Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours, which includes a visit to the Utah Beach Museum. He is also the historian for the In …