The first in a planned series of visitor’s guides to the battlefields of the Second World War in Europe, Fields of War: Battle of Normandy, has received its most prestigious award – The 2015 Independent Publisher Books Awards Bronze Medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction – Europe. The award is the seventh for the title which has received recognition from the Military Writers Society of America, USA Best Book Awards, Readers View Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Foreword Reviews Indiefab Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.
The title brings battlefield visitors and armchair travelers to the locations of important events in the liberation of France during the Second World War beginning with the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy to the eventual liberation of Paris. Featured are 94 battlefield maps, 32 pages of photographs, and over 300 GPS co-ordinates of all of the battlefield locations described in the book. Frequently the author has presented the contributions of the individual soldiers whose daring and sacrifices enabled victory.
The book is available from amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, Brodart Library Services, and Gazelle Book Services (UK).
Fields of War: Battle of Normandy
Robert J Mueller
Our Battlefield Lecture Series continues with public presentations as listed below. For descriptions of all six French Battlefields lectures please see: http://www.frenchbattlefields.com/lectures.html
To schedule a program for your audience, please contact: email@example.com
– Battle of the Bulge: The Forgotten Heroes at Tinley Park Public Library on January 27 at 7 pm
– Battle of the Bulge: The Forgotten Heroes at Deerfield Public Library on February 11 at 7 pm
– The Men of Omaha Beach at Palos Heights Public Library on May 24 at 6:30 pm
– The Men of Omaha Beach at Wilmette Heights Public Library on May 26 at 7pm
– American Doughboys in the First World War at Oak Brook Public Library on May 28 at 2 pm
– Battle of the Bulge: The Forgotten Heroes at Sandwich Public Library on May 31 at 7 pm
– The Airborne on D-Day at Whiting Public Library on June 4 at 2 pm
– The Airborne on D-Day at Ela Area Public Library (Lake Zurich) on June 6 at 2 pm
– The Airborne on D-Day at St Charles Public Library on June 6 at 7 pm
– The Men of Omaha Beach at Rockford Public Library on June 11 at 1:30 pm
After completing one of my lectures, I often receive comments and information from the audience. I have been fortunate enough to personally meet one member of the 101st Airborne Division who jumped into Normandy on D-Day. Once a member of the 2nd Rangers Battalion who climbed the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc gave his approval of my telling of that story – and added his personal insight. Recently, I had an extended conversation with a member of the 30th Infantry Division regarding the places where they fought during WW II.
Last night at the Wood Dale Public Library, someone asked who will carry on the names and stories of the individual soldiers of the war when us older folks are gone. Another person in the audience knew the answer to that question. If you want to know, view this video: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=project+vigil+d-day+2014+the+saluting+boy+on+omaha+beach
Our visitors’ guide to the battlefields of Normandy, France has received another recommendation for those interested in the Second World War. Reader Views, a independent book review agency has awarded Field of War: Battle of Normandy the 2014 First Place award in the Travel category. You can read the entire review at: http://readerviews.com/reviewmuellerfieldsofwarbattleofnormandy
I recently discovered a wordpress blog that relates the experiences of Milton Schober, a member of the US 106th Infantry Division who fought during the Battle of the Bulge in December and January 1944-45. The inexperienced 106th had been on the frontline only days before it received the full blow of Field Marshal Hasso von Manteuffel’s Fifth Panzer Army on the first day of what the Germans call the Ardennes offensive. Two of the division’s three regiments were surrounded and within days almost 7,000 men, surrounded and low of ammunition and food, surrendered – the largest American defeat in the European Theater of Operations. Mr Schober was a member of the 424th Infantry Regiment, the unit that fought off the initial German assault and participated in many of the Ardennes engagements that followed.
Mr Schober passed away in 2013 at age 93, but his son has collected 122 letters written during the war and other items written by his father and recorded them on a blog.
If you are interested in what it was like to be an average GI – as if any WW II GI was average – read his reminiscences at https://dadswwiiletters.wordpress.com/