Revised 2018 Lecture Series

Our Battlefield Lecture Series public presentations are listed below. For descriptions of all eight French Battlefields lectures please see:

To schedule a program for your audience, please contact:

American Doughboys in World War One
– Ela Public Library (Lake Zurich) on November 8, 2018 at 2pm
– Antioch Public Library on November 8, 2018 at 7pm
– Bartlett Public Library on November 14, 2018 at 7pm
– Geneva Public Library on November 15, 2018 at 2pm
– Harvard Diggins Public Library on January 14, 2019 at 6pm

The Airborne on D-Day
– Clarendon Hills Public Library on March 9, 2019 at 2pm
– Tinley Park Public Library on May 29, 2019 at 7pm
– Sandwich Public Library District on June 4, 2019 at 6:30pm
– Frankfort Public Library District on June 5, 2019 at 7pm
– Prospect Heights Public Library on June 6, 2019 at 1pm
– Deerfield Public Library on June 6, 2019 at 7pm

The Men of Omaha Beach
– Acorn Public Library (Oak Forest) on March 11, 2019 at 6:30pm
– Brookfield Public Library on June 10, 2019 at 7pm

Battle of the Bulge: The Forgotten Heroes
– Wheaton Public Library on November 1, 2018 at 7pm
– Arlington Heights Memorial Library on November 12, 2018 at 1:30pm
– Highland Park Public Library on December 3, 2018 at 7pm
– Winnetka-Northfield Public Library on January 19,2019 at 3pm
– North Shore Senior Center on March 13, 2019 at 10am
– Palos Height Public Library on May 23, 2019 at 6:30pm

The Defense of Bastogne
Not scheduled at this time

Pearl Harbor – A Day of Infamy
– Dickinson Hall (Senior Center, Lake Forest) on November 1, 2018 at 1pm
– Northbrook Library on December 4, 2018 at 2pm
– Indian Prairie Public Library on December 5, 2018 at 7pm
– Acorn Public Library on December 10, 2018 at 6pm

The Generals: Patton, Rommel, and Montgomery
– North Shore Senior Center on November 19, 2018 at 10am
– Schaumburg Township District Library on January 17, 2019 at 2:30pm
– Tinley Park Public Library on March 4, 2019 at 11am
– Prospect Heights Public Library on May 16, 2019 at 7pm

The Bulge Battlefields Reviewed

The Bulge Battlefields
Having already penned “Fields of War: Battle of Normandy,” author Robert J. Mueller returns with this in-depth look at America’s largest battle of the Second World War, the Ardennes Offensive which is more commonly referred to as the Battle of the Bulge. There is necessarily a lot of history here but the book is a field guide, put together with the intent of helping visitors get the most out of a visit to Battle of the Bulge battlefields. So for example in the chapter entitled Battle for Elsenborn Ridge, Mueller first provides an overview before giving a comprehensive synopsis of each significant battle within the campaign: Monschau, Krinkelterwald and Lausdell Crossroads to name a few. Within each sub-section Mueller explains the specific objectives of German and American forces and explains the outcome of the battle including casualty numbers. But the real treasure here lies in the explicit directions that Mueller gives that enable the battlefield visitor to trace troop movements and locate still-standing remnants like German bunkers, command posts, machine gun barriers and even tanks. Battlefield maps are included as are suggested touring routes and directions to memorials and museums. And so it goes for the battles covered in the additional six chapters. Mueller has really done most of the work for potential battlefield visitors and for them “The Bulge Battlefields” will be an indispensable companion during their adventure; those who aren’t able to make it to Europe for a first-hand look will find the book a wealth of well-presented information that will no doubt fill in holes in what they may already know about the Battle of the Bulge.
– Kevin Wierzbicki’s Travel News, Trips, and Tips

New Battlefield Visitor’s Guide now available

French Battlefields announces the second volume in our Second World War battlefields series.

The Bulge Battlefields
By Robert J Mueller

The Bulge Battlefields provides a comprehensive historian’s or traveler’s guide to the Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes Offensive) —Americas largest battle of the Second World War.

As a visitor’s guide, The Bulge Battlefields presents the actual locations of key events in the struggle to defeat Germany’s last offensive of the war. Each battlefield visit begins with a succinct history of events followed by a description of the intense military action that determined success or failure. The narrative revolves around the stories of the privates, NCOs, and junior officers whose sacrifices made success possible. Extensive detailed maps illustrate the flow of the battle across the landscape and the units that participated. Detailed driving instructions and 550 GPS co-ordinates direct visitors to each battlefield site. Descriptions of museums, memorials, cemeteries, and surviving artifacts are given along with their hours of operation. Mailing, email, and web addresses are also provided.

The text includes locations and contact details for:
– 23 Museums
– 182 Monuments or Memorials
– 21 Farthest Advance Stones
– 19 WW II Tanks
– 18 Region Tourist Offices
– Westwall Bunkers
– Commemorative Walking Tours
– Dozens of awards for Bravery and Sacrifice

ISBN: 978-0-9823677-5-9
480 PAGES plus
6″ X 9″ (15.2cm X 22.8cm)

Available from, Gazelle Book Services (UK), or directly from the publisher at frenchbattlefields

Fields of War: Battle of Normandy receives 7th Book Award

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,, Brodart Library Services, and Gazelle Book Services (UK).

Fields of War: Battle of Normandy
Robert J Mueller
ISBN: 978-0-9823677-3-5
471 pages

A Saluting 11-year-old boy on Omaha Beach

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: