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The D-Day Project

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours’ renowned D-Day to the Rhine Tour dates back to the 1970s, from the days when Stephen E. Ambrose was a history professor at the University of New Orleans. Learn how this tour developed and the WWII luminaries who informed its evolution.

Leadership in American History Symposium: WWII Lectures

We are excited to present for the first time our Leadership in American History Symposium. To give you an idea of what you can expect from our historians, following are the abstracts for the lectures on WWI and WWII.

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 …

Quotes from D-Day, June 6, 1944

As Stephen Ambrose said, “The American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn’t want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and all of us, living and yet to be born, must be profoundly grateful.” Stephen Ambrose conducted more than 1,400 interviews with …

2017 Tour Dates Announced!

We have finalized our tour dates for 2017! From WWII tours celebrating “The Greatest Generation” to Civil War tours visiting the battlefields of the North and South to historical tours following the path of America’s great explorers, Lewis and Clark, these are absolutely bucket-list experiences for history buffs.

Preparations for Operation Overlord – Part III

In Part III of our series on the preparations for Operation Overlord we cover the steps General Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower took to ensure secrecy during the planning of D-Day invasion.

Operation Fortitude

Eisenhower and his staff were to resolve four major issues for the D-Day invasion: where, when and how to launch and the need for a deception plan to ensure that the Germans would be surprised. This necessity hatched the plan for “Operation Fortitude.” It was a grand plan to fool Hitler into thinking the invasion would come somewhere other than Normandy.

Preparing for Operation Overlord

When British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with Josef Stalin in Tehran in November 1943, the Soviet leader expressed his anxiety and asked them who is going to command the D-Day invasion? When they replied that they had not yet chosen, he didn’t take them seriously. “If you don’t have a commander, you don’t have an invasion.”

SELU Study Abroad Program June 2016

For students who cannot afford the time and cost of a lengthy study abroad program, or whose university does not offer a foreign study experience, Southeastern’s “Operation Overlord 2016” is an opportunity to learn about the Normandy Campaign not just from books but by walking the ground where history was made.