Winter / Spring 2017 Lectures Series

Our Battlefield Lecture Series continues with public presentations as listed below. For descriptions of all eight French Battlefields lectures please see: http://www.frenchbattlefields.com/lectures.html

To schedule a program for your audience, please contact: sales@frenchbattlefields.com

– American Doughboys in World War One at Niles Library on March 29 at 7 pm

– American Doughboys in World War One at Patty Turner Center on April 18 at 8:30 am

– Airborne of D-Day at Centennial Activity Center (Park Ridge) on April 19 at 1:30 pm

– Battle of the Bulge: The Forgotten Heroes at Naperville Library on May 18 at 1:00 pm

– Battle of the Bulge: The Forgotten Heroes at Vernon Area Library on May 25 at 12:30pm

– Defense of Bastogne at Palos heights Library on May 25 at 6:30 pm

– American Doughboys in WW I at Gail Borden Library (Elgin) on May 30 at 7 pm

– American Doughboys in WW I at Whiting Library on June 10 at 2 pm

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

SOFT COVER, PERFECT BOUND
ISBN: 978-0-9823677-5-9
480 PAGES plus
16 PAGES OF B&W PHOTOGRAPHS and 88 MAPS
6″ X 9″ (15.2cm X 22.8cm)
$29.95

Available from amazon.com, 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 amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, 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
$29.95

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: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=project+vigil+d-day+2014+the+saluting+boy+on+omaha+beach

Fields of War: Battle of Normandy wins award

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